Visit many award winning gardens while getting to know the island, culture and people
Grenada is a stunning island and Grenadians are renowned for their love of nature and gardening. Grenada has in fact won 13 Gold Medals and several Siver Gilts at the Chelsea Flower Show, the latest one being in 2017. On this fabulous suggested itinerary you will have an opportunity to visit many of these award winning gardens, while getting to know many other aspects of the beautiful terrain, culture and people of Grenada. As all our tours are tailor-made, you may alter the itinerary or add additional trips taken from the Grenada Nature Tour itinerary.
Fly to Grenada and transfer to your chosen hotel for 7 nights.
Free day to relax, unwind on the beach or by the pool and to explore the beautiful gardens and surroundings.
Visit the picturesque port and capital of St. George’s, taking our guided tour to learn its secrets. This tour will tell you about the Georgian Architecture, the US led 1983 intervention and more! After some free time to brouse the side streets, cobbled walkways and shops, lunch at the ‘Nutmeg’, one of the oldest waterfront hotels in Grenada. After lunch there will be a chance to visit the Grenada National Museum, which is housed in old French barracks before continuing on for a wonderful afternoon of exploring private gardens in the St. George’s region. The first visit will be to Sunnyside, a mature garden and one of the island’s finest treasures. Established by the Renwick family, this historical residence was built in the 1920’s and influenced by the French and British, and is commonly referred to as a classic colonial garden. One-hundred year old mahogany trees provide canopies of shade while Scorpion Orchids, the Upside Down Tree, the Sealing Wax Palm, the Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow and of course the more familiar bougainvilleas, and the superb hibiscus collection. Sunnyside hostess, Jean Renwick, is a storyteller weaving historical, biographical and anecdotal comments on the many plants and their characteristics. The garden is never finished as spices, flowers, and features; like the irresistible Koi Carp pond, and the extensive line of fruit trees will always be introduced to new specimens and old favourites alike. A short distance away, the tour continues at Joydon another private residence garden in the Renwick family. This garden is smaller, but the colour and arrangements of the exotic flowers, the extensive tree plantings and the views of both the Atlantic and Caribbean seas has a huge impact on visitors. Hostess Joyce Renwick is bubbly and enthusiastic, offering fresh juice drinks made from garden produce. Finally, you will have the opportunity to visit Hyde Park Garden and to experience another Grenadian welcome with a visit to one of Grenada’s finest gardens as well as to enjoy the hospitality of John and Fay Miller at their home. This garden is open to the public by appointment only, and though small, has a good variety of plants and fabulous views of St George’s harbour and the setting sun. The last garden we will ist will be The Tower, where the owner Mrs Victoria Slinger will take you around her garden herself and you will have an opportunity to relax over refreshments on the veranda.
A free day to relax, visit the beach or to do an optional excursion, perhaps a tour of some of the natural wonders of the island, or to go whale and dolphin watching.
A full day tour, which begins at around 08:30 – Leaving St George’s we head into Grenada’s lush interior up to 1900ft above sea level to the Grand Etang Rainforest. Over 300 acres of the rainforest is protected and managed by the National Parks and Forestry Departments and if you are lucky we may see the Mona Monkeys, which were brought to Grenada from Africa during the Slave Trade. The next stop is Balthazar Estate, which has diversified, moving from traditional crops like sugar-cane, cocoa, nutmeg and bananas to the commercial production of cut flowers. Guests will see giant heliconias, musas and gingers and many other tropical plants. Balthazar is probably the largest and only real commercial grower on the island. Owner Denis Noel will explain about his development of ‘Nutmed’ spray, and the introduction of nutmeg to the island in 1843. Then travelling via the Eastern seaside town of Grenville, the second largest town in Grenada, to have a delicious Plantation lunch at Belmont Estate. After lunch you will have the opportunity to explore Belmont Estate. The estate produces and purchases organically grown cocoa used in the production of Grenada’s rich dark chocolate, a product of the nearby Grenada Chocolate Factory. After lunch there is time to walk around the estate and its museum and learn about the organically produced cocoa beans that are used in the production of the Grenada Chocolate. Leaving Belmont mid-afternoon, we head to River Antoine Water Powered Rum Distillery, which is over 200 years old and see how white rum is produced in the traditional method and then return to your hotel at approximately 17:00.
Today you will depart your hotel early to do a spot of bird watching at the Woburn Viewing Platform, continuing on to Smithy’s Garden for breakfast. Located just a mile from historic Fort Frederick (1779-1791), this gently sloping garden is noted for its wild feel. The owner Anne and her daughter Claire are keen flower arrangers. Following a tour of the garden, guests can enjoy a relaxed Caribbean breakfast on the verandah with owner Anne and will be entertained by the resident birds in the garden. Continuing on into Grenada’s interior you will visit St Rose Nursery. This is a commercial Nursery, noted for its unusual variety of landscape plants. John, the owner, is one of the Grenada at Chelsea team members and he is relied upon for the correct labelling of flowers and foliage in the Grenada exhibits. St Rose provides most of the foliage used in Grenada’s Chelsea display. You will return to your hotel at around 12.30, in time for lunch.
Either enjoy the day at your leisure before departing for UK or for a different island destination or you could stay on in Grenada for a few more days.