Garden of the Groves
Magellan Drive, Freeport City, Bahamas
www.thegardenofthegroves.com - 242-374-7778
Garden of the Groves Freeport City Reviews
Tropical Flora at Garden of the Groves Mar 26, 2010
The Garden of the Groves is a 12-acre private botanical garden on Grand Bahama Island. The Garden opened in 1973 and is dedicated to Wallace and Georgette Groves, the developers of Freeport. In 2004 the Garden was damaged by hurricanes, but was restored and expanded and reopened in 2008.
The Garden is arranged in several horticultural theme areas, including a hanging garden, hibiscus garden, a cactus garden, Fern Gully, and a healing garden of traditional medicinal plants. The healing garden includes a new meditative Labyrinth. A Japanese Garden is planned. A Sculpture Garden features a series of casuarina wood sculptures representing the indigenous inhabitants of the island.
The trees, flowers, and plants are representative of the Bahamas and the Caribbean as well as other tropical regions. Plantings are very well marked and interpreted. A series of artificial waterfalls adds to the lush setting while keeping the water in the ponds in circulation. Several species of birds, ducks, and turtles inhabit the Garden. A stone chapel represents the first church on Grand Bahama. It's a popular spot for weddings.
Visitors may walk along the paths and trails to explore the gardens or take a tour. A cafe provides refreshments.
Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Cruise ship shore excursions feature the Garden of the Groves in their itineraries.
Part of the Bahamas Cruise 2010 travel blog
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