Public Gardens & Avenues
Jamaica is called the ‘flora paradise’ with its remarkable diversity of species and ecosystems. This ‘lickle but talawah’ island – small but exhibits a large number of endemic plants - boasts some of the most majestic gardens across the Caribbean. The third largest island of the Caribbean has captured the hearts of many researchers who have - but barely - explored its vast flora and natural resources.
The history of Jamaica’s botanical gardens dates back to the 1770’s with the establishment of Mr. Hinton East’s private garden, the Liguanea Garden, that was located near Gordon Town Road in Kingston. However, at a later date, the first public botanical gardens were established by the Government at Bath in St. Thomas.
Other public botanical gardens of interest that were established are Castleton, Hope and Cinchona. Not only can the beauty of Jamaica be explored in its gardens, but its splendor is also exhibited at scenic avenues such as Holland Bamboo Grove and Fern Gully. Within these Gardens, you can find many exotic fruit trees.
These gardens are used regularly for photo shoots and as educational tools to expose students to general gardening and environment conservation practices. Indeed, our gardens and scenic avenues need to be treasured by our Jamaican people, for in them lie a rich legacy of Jamaica. Visitors to these six (6) conservation sites are required to adhere to the rules set out in the Public Gardens (Control) Regulations, 2008.
The Public Gardens Division within the Ministry is responsible for the maintenance and development of the following Botanical Gardens and Scenic Avenues:-
The botanical gardens are open to the public every day at 5:30 a.m, except on the two public holidays, namely National Labour Day and National Heroes' Day. Closing hours vary, however.
6:00 PM - October - February
6:30 PM - March - September