Botanical Gardens of Nevis

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The beautiful and flourishing Botanical Gardens of Nevis is located on five acres of the historic Montpelier Estate and serves as one of the top attractions on the small island of Nevis. The Gardens welcome visitors who find relaxation strolling through lush gardens as well as those who enjoy learning about tropical plants that are not only local to the Caribbean, but from around the world.

Upon entering the Botanical Gardens of Nevis, you will be greeted with a row of Royal Palms, and as you follow the path you will encounter not only the well cared for and healthy gardens, but a view of Mt. Nevis, lily ponds, beautifully crafted terraces, dolphin fountains, and a great house modeled after the plantations of old Nevis.

At the Botanical Gardens of Nevis, visitors will encounter not one but six different gardens as well as a Rainforest Conservatory. These gardens include the Orchid Garden, Cactus Garden, Tropical Fruit Garden, Tropical Vine Garden, Herb Garden, and Butterfly Garden. Some important plants to be on the look out for as you tour the gardens include the Delonix regia, which is the national flower of St. Kitts and Nevis and Calico Vines in the Tropical Vine Garden.

You will also notice that quite a lot of the property is shaded by Orchid Terraces and an impressive over 100 different species of palm trees. Another fact to note is that the herb garden has been placed near the restaurant so that fresh herbs can be utilized in the food produced there.

The Rainforest Conservatory is favored for the waterfall that rushes down near the recreated ruins of a lost Maya temple, along with the unparalleled view of Mount Nevis. Inside the Rainforest Conservatory you will find a boisterous amount of tropical plants including the Scarlet Lobster Claw and anthuriums. Not to be missed are the three parrots that live in the conservatory, Rocco, Arturo, and Deadora.

There is a bar and restaurant on the property, as well as picnic grounds that allow you to dine amongst the flowers.

Location

Situated in , invites local residents and vacationers who are lodging in this part of St. Kitts. Whether or not you are staying nearby, you are free to stop by to enjoy a great time.

Located about 30 minutes from the airport, the two main routes from Island Main Road will have you exit onto Brown Hill or Cole Hill. If you are taking the Brown Hill route, take a right turn onto the road and remain on Brown Hill for about a mile. Turn left after the basketball court to the the right, then continue to drive straight up the hill for about 1/4 mile. The entrance to the garden will be on your left. If you are traveling to the gardens via Cole Hill, take the right off Island Main Road, and follow the road as it make a sharp curve to the right. Follow the curve about 1/4 mile before making a sharp left, then make a right where the road ends. The gardens will be on the right about a 1/4 mile down the road. If these directions sound tricky, don't worry. There are directional signs to the gardens posted from Island Main Road until you reach the property.

Botanical Gardens of Nevis is located near the heart of Saint John Figtree Parish, in the vicinity of Cades Bay; it's 1.5 miles to the east-southeast of Charlestown.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most enjoyable options while spending a few hours exploring the area is chowing down on food at a restaurant within traveling distance of these gardens. Oasis in the Gardens, which sells Thai meals, is also the most convenient option for visitors of these gardens. Also within a short distance, you and your group will encounter options such as Mill Privée and Indigo where you should be sure to eat some eclectic cuisine and experience the culture of St. Kitts.

Nearby Attractions

Other kinds of local activities include Bush Hill Estate Hiking Trail, which is a few hundred yards away Saint John Figtree Parish. You might also want to think about heading to The Flats, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

Gardens are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following list contains attractions that are nearby.

Attractions Near Botanical Gardens of Nevis
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Bush Hill Estate Hiking Trail Other Attraction 0.1 mi. (2.6 km) SE 1.6 mi. East-Southeast of Charlestown
The Flats -- 0.4 mi. (3.0 km) ENE Pond Hill
Nelson's Lookout Hiking Trail Other Attraction 1.2 mi. (4.3 km) ESE 2.7 mi. East-Southeast of Charlestown
Nelson's Lookout Historic Site 1.2 mi. (4.4 km) ESE 2.7 mi. East-Southeast of Charlestown
Hermitage Estate Other Attraction 1.5 mi. (4.4 km) ENE Stonyhill
Hamilton House Historic Site 1.6 mi. (1.2 km) NW Charlestown
Horatio Nelson Museum Museum 1.9 mi. (0.8 km) W Charlestown
South Nevis Lighthouse Other Attraction 2.0 mi. (4.5 km) S 2.8 mi. South-Southeast of Charlestown

More Information

Hours

The Botanical Gardens and the Gift Shop are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The property remains closed on Sundays and some national holidays.

Between the months of August and October, the Botanical Gardens closes occasionally due to low turn out. If you are planning to tour the gardens during the island's off-season, you would be wise to call in advance to confirm that they are open.

Cost

While additional donations are always welcome, there are standard fees required for guests who would like to tour the gardens. Members of the gardens as well as children under the age of six are welcomed into the garden for free. Adults otherwise pay $13(USD), and children ages six to 12 pay $8(USD). Local residents receive the discounted price of $8(USD) for adults and $5(USD) for children.

Address

Montpelier Estate, Saint John Figtree Parish, Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Phone

(869) 469-3509

Website

http://www.botanicalgardennevis.com/

 

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