The Botanical Gardens were created on Nevis several years ago by Philadelphia couple Joseph and Martha Murphy, who wanted to create something beautiful on the island and to preserve flora from throughout the world. They chose a lovely spot in Montpelier Estate area, with views of Nevis Peak in the distance.
The gardens, filled with sculpture, fountains, and a replica of a Great House, has many garden areas to visit: roses and vines, cactuses, fruit trees, orchids. The most outstanding part is the tropical rain forest conservatory, built to emulate the conservatory at Kew Gardens in England. It houses tropical plants and huge Mayan-type sculptures.
Many choose to be married in the gardens, and several locations are favorites. In the Great House is a wonderful gift shop, selling items related to plants and nature, and 1787 for afternoon luncheon and tea.
There are occasionally lectures and classes given at the gardens. Memberships are available as well as single-day admissions. For information, call 869-469-3509.
Adults: US $13.00 Children: US $8.00
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