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Caribbean Flowers & Gardens

We all know that the Caribbean has its bougainvillaea and hibiscus in abundance, but its exotic flora and in particular its incredible gardens too often go largely by the by in favour of coastal attractions. Your hotel garden may be neatly trained lushness, but beyond the boundary, some islands are mind-bogglingly fertile like mini Gardens of Eden. Rainforests are more common than you might suppose and there are many botanical gardens to explore.

Across the Caribbean there are trees that bloom in an all-over shroud of yellow or red. There are hundreds of varieties of palms. There are orchids of incredible intricacy. Other flowers carry names such as lobster-claw and bird of paradise. There’s even one, a particularly poisonous looking, snake-like plant, called mother-in-law’s tongue. It is always worth talking to hotel gardeners if you’re interested in learning more. Some may even take you on an impromptu tour.

Most islands offer opportunities to explore tropical flora, suitable for any level of interest. Many islands have botanical gardens, and these are well worth a visit but for the devotee some islands have open (private) garden programmes.

Another extraordinary facet of Caribbean flora is a whole fascinating tradition of medicinal and other uses for local plants. Many islands have qualified guides who will bring this all to life, usually on a hike into the local forest. With eco tourism a hot topic and the environment at the forefront, this looks set to be a growing area.

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