The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries, as part of its mandate for the continuous maintenance and improvement of gardens in Jamaica, has commissioned the Public Gardens Division to have the direct responsibility for three botanical gardens and two scenic avenues.
The Ministry also has oversight responsibility for the Hope Botanical Gardens and Zoo which is being managed, since May 2005, by a non-government organization, Nature Preservation Foundation.
The Foundation’s functions comprise improving the aesthetics and biological content of the gardens, with an emphasis on conservation of species endemic to Jamaica. Plans are underway to establish a Plant Conservation Centre, a medicinal grove, a plant nursery and an Orchid House.
Crop management and botanical information can be obtained through the Public Gardens Division on request. Some plants are also available for commercial sale.
The mission of the Public Gardens Division is to establish and maintain a collection of plants including trees, shrubs, grass, and vines; and to promote the development in plant conservation, research, education and passive recreation.
Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries
Hope Gardens, Kingston 6
876 927 1731-41