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“The Showpiece of Roseau”

Dominica Botanic Gardens
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US$115.00*
and up
Middleham Falls and Ti'tou Gorge Half-Day Excursion
Ranked #3 of 34 things to do in Roseau
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Owner description: The forty acres of garden include orchid trees, bottle palms, the Carib Wood tree and an unidentifiable no-name tree.
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Well if visiting you will find some 40 acres of Botanical Gardens.

The planning of the gardens started way back in 1890 on land previously used to grow sugar cane. As the gardens are in a reasonably sheltered area and as they benefit from:-
1. A tropical Climate and
2. Rain falling at least 3 times more than that in London
They flourish and will give you an idea of what else grows on the Island if you do not have time to explore very far.

The garden i split and had an economic section and ornamental section.

I spoke to one of gardeners who informed me that the gardens have been used as a cricket ground and visited a few times by H.M. The Queen and Price Philip.

This is well worth a visit and claimed to be one of the Caribbean's premier gardens.

1  Thank Wacky the Wizard
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

The botanical gardens were vast and interesting yet not on a par with those of St Vincent to my mind. I had already seen much of the same flora there. The layout was more picturesque and neat. The washrooms there were inadequate for the amount of space and people, involving a lot of queuing for the Ladies with steps up, so not appropriate for wheelchairs, that may have improved by now though.
Roseau has food and craft markets, and fine examples of Creole architecture and Georgian buildings housing the Court House and Government House.
We went on a Wild wet tour of Dominica later, involving snorkelling at a beach of dark volcanic sand, a walk into Morne Trois Pitons, ( 3 peaks) the national park, or hike rather, into the rainforest to admire the Mama, short and wide, and Papa, tall and narrow, waterfalls, and jump into and swim in a freezing cold river. Surprising given the the talk of the Boiling Lake! We then went elsewhere, can't remember exactly, may have been near Trafalgar falls, to enjoy muddy sulphur hot springs which were too shallow and difficult to approach over the rocky terrain to enjoy to the full. Also, our party was quite big, so it was a squash to actual find room to squat in the snug pools.
I would not recommend this trip to people unsteady on their feet with an aversion to mud, water or getting wet under falls!

2  Thank Vyvienne C
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

It's about a 20-25 minute walk from the cruise ship harbour, and remember you are climbing in elevation, but it is definitely worth the effort for the views back towards the sea, and to be surrounded by such lush green vegetation.

3  Thank L0tusBoy
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

The gardens looked nice but we did not get to get off the bus and walk around or take pictures. The plants and trees where pretty but hard when your just rushing thru. One stop on the hill had a great view where you could see the bay nicely.

1  Thank Monica R
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We had originally planned on our one day in port to go on the rainforest tour that takes you up in an old ski left.
We did find out that this has actually closed, which is too bad, we were left without a Plan B. We decided to go to the Gardens at the last minute.
It was nice.

Getting there:
Getting there from the cruise ship can be done by simply walking, which is what we did. It was nice walking through part of the port as well. We also managed to get in before the cruise tours arrived.

Attraction:
There are some neat flora and fauna in this garden. We saw the huge tree that crushed a bus during Hurricane David and is still on the bus. The bamboo house is pretty neat as well. There is a green building that is the visitors' information center. It was small but had some interesting things in there, like a butterfly/moth collection and wood samples from the island.
After strolling around we decided to walk up Jack's Walk and go to the peak that is called Morne Bruce. It is a bit of a hike, but if mobility is an issue you shouldn't do it. Up there we had a great view of the city and the ship.

Summary
If you want a zero cost, active excursion in Roseau it is hard to go wrong with this place. If you compare this botanical gardens to others "back home" it may come up a bit short, but for a great green space in Roseau this place is pretty hard to beat. I would recommend it.

2  Thank Anthony J
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