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Jardin Botanique de Deshaies
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Deshaies
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A Spectacular Botanical Garden and Wildlife Park Open to the public since the 1st April 2001, the Botanical Gardens at Deshaies are a recent creation. This park, whose youth is imperceptible, has very quickly imposed itself as the place to be for nature enthusiasts and lovers of tropical plants. Situated on the windward coast of Basse-Terre, 100m in altitude up above the town of Deshaies, the garden stretches out over 5 hectares of sloping mountainside. Its favourable location guarantees beautiful views over the coast and an unrivalled vantage-point overlooking the bay of Deshaies. The site was already home to a nursery created by Guy Blandin, a plant-lover who brought rare and unknown plant species from his travels around the world back to Guadeloupe. Many of them unfortunately disappeared when Cyclone Hugo hit and severely damaged the island in 1989. The humorist Michel Colluci, also known as Coluche, acquired the property in 1979. A few years later, in 1985, he invited his friend Michel Gaillard, an interior landscaper in mainland France, to set up his nursery there in exchange for taking care of the property's garden. A year later, the death of Coluche brought the future of the property back into question. Michel Gaillard bought back the property in 1991 to honour the memory of his friend, with the idea in mind of creating a botanical garden. This risky and ambitious project required several years of planning, of research into its feasibility and then of execution. The garden was finally brought about in accordance with Michel Gaillard's and the landscaper Samuel Craquelin's plans. Over the course of the path which snakes its way through the gardens, visitors today discover a world of real abundance: a world with 800 species of plant all brought together, with several animal species, which were introduced much to the delight of children, and with the most spectacular and unexpected landscapes following one after the other. Tourists are invited on an unforgettable walk amidst fifteen or so different scenes.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Le Jardin Botanique gives a wide diversity of trees, plants and flowers from all over the world. It is a lovely garden to sit and walk around, while enjoying the flora.

Thank Charlotte V
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Glorious selection of flowers. plants and trees, and amazing parrots! Particularly suitable for elderly people as there were lots of seats available, and very accessible for wheelchair visitors. Alot of thought had clearly gone into the venue.

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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Really enjoyed this garden, it is beautifully laid out and almost every plant is labelled!
We also enjoyed the snack bar for lunch and the shop, where the prices were not too expensive. The girl who served us in the shop had very good English, too, though we struggled to communicate with the servers in the snack bar.
I have one suggestion - that the excellently labelled plants should have at least some basic information in English - after all, many visitors' second language will be English rather than French these days!

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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Well, what can I say. This was an excellent visit during our time in Deshaies. We went early in the morning so as to miss the hottest time of day. Having said that we were there for several hours and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The gardens are awe inspiring, and the birds a delight. There was a big party of small schoolchildren there at the same time and they were really excited by what they were seeing. We spent a long time exploring the gardens and then we had a sandwich at the little snack bar whilst looking out over the Carribean towards Montserrat. It may have just been that we were hungry but it was a truly delicious hot sandwich. There gift shop was very well stocked with small and more expensive gifts and I spent quite a lot of money there, well spent as it isn't easy to find quality gifts in Deshaies. I would recommend this visit to anyone. Use a DEET insecticide for the mosquitos, as there is a lot of vegetation and then just enjoy.

Thank Francophile65
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Those garden are so beautiful you can't discribe it! The flowers, the views, the volcano view, the food at the little snack bar! A must if you are visiting the island?

1  Thank Cassie1209
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