Explore Hunte’s Garden on Barbados
Barbados is one of the most beautiful islands in the Eastern Caribbean. It’s home to many botanical gardens in which one can escape for a few hours or even a whole day. Visiting one (or even all) of these is the perfect way to get up close and personal with the unspoiled natural beauty of the tropics and leave the real world far behind.
Centrally located in the lush hills of St. Joseph’s Parish, Hunte’s Garden is a uniquely curated tropical escape. It takes full advantage of the natural lay of the land and the hospitable climate to create a one-of-a-kind experience for any nature lover.
Just a 20-30 minute drive from Holetown or St. Lawrence Gap, Hunte’s Garden is minutes from Flower Forest and Orchid World. If you’re planning an adventure through Barbados’s natural wonders, combine your visit to Welchman Hall Gulley with a leisurely tour of Hunte’s Garden to make your plant enthusiast’s day.
These stunning gardens were created by horticulturalist Anthony Hunte who still lives on the property in a magnificently converted barn. In fact, visitors may even run into Mr. Hunte as they walk through the gardens and enjoy total immersion into this tropical escape. His unique perspective on the interplay between nature and architecture have placed Hunte’s Gardens in many best-selling books on Caribbean life and earned a featured spot in the Toronto Star. In fact, it’s Hunte’s own combination of “wit” and “whimsy” that have made this natural wonder so different from any of the other gardens on Barbados.
The sinkhole-like gulley in which Hunte chose to plant these gardens evokes a unique 3-dimensional experience you won’t find anywhere else. The magnificent plants are displayed in a multilevel fashion with each level playing differently with natural lighting. Light and airy exhibitions up high give way to dark and mysterious levels below, bringing to mind the deepest jungle and exotic adventures.
Exquisitely curated mini-gardens create unique vignettes for plant enthusiasts to view in a sort of moving still-life exhibition. The gardens are also home to numerous birds and other small critters—so keep those cameras ready to capture once-in-a-lifetime candids of wild Barbadian natives!
At the end of your adventure, Hunte’s Garden offers a number of products such as jams and jellies, wines, and even rum punch made with fresh-squeezed fruits for sale. These make the perfect gift for someone back home or an excellent selection to make your stay in Barbados even more authentic.