The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 5: Gardens in Asia, America, Africa, Australia

Kingston Botanic Garden Jamaica

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929. St. Vincent's. The botanic garden of St. Vincent's is thus noticed by Bayley:- 'It is about half a mile from Kingston. At its entrance formerly stood the residence of Dr. Anderson, and during the time this gentleman had charge of the garden it was in a most rich and flourishing condition. Since his death, however, it has fallen off gradually, and is at present (1830) going to ruin. The only improvement that has taken place is the destruction of the manager's house, and the erection, by the colony, of a very pretty cottage in its stead. The garden is no longer in a state of cultivation, though it still contains many scarce and valuable treasures; among which are the clove, the nutmeg, and the cinnamon, with many other trees and shrubs. It is said that horses are allowed to wander over the garden, grazing on and trampling down the shrubs and flowers. The colony has entirely given up the place ; and, as the manager's salary has been withdrawn, there is no longer any attention paid to it.' (Bayley's Four Years' Residence in the West Indies, p. 221.) A fuller account of this garden will be found in the Gardener's Magazine, vol. iv. p. 501.