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03 February 2019
BHS 2019 Open Gardens Programme - Fustic House

Each year, with the kind permissions of the owners, the Barbados Horticultural Society organises tours which allow members of the public to visit some of the best kept gardens in Barbados. 

Today, patrons will view the gardens of:

Mr. and Mrs. Kit Braden
Fustic House
St. Lucy

Members Bds $10.00
Non-Members Bds $15.00
Children under 12 y.o. Bds $7.00

Light refreshments and Tea will be on sale.

Call 428-5889 for further information.

Fustic House once belonged to Alexander Simmons, the first black plantation house owner in Barbados. He bought the twenty-four acre property in 1901. Formerly known as Seaview and part of a plantation dating back to the 1600s, it was the home of the Parochial Treasurer for St. Lucy for much of the 19th century. It is one of the most distinctive and magical of the transformations created on Barbados by the English theatrical designer, Oliver Messel. Besides the two-part house, there’s a delightful cottage, and the new conference/entertainment pavilion. The overall ambience and the little details all merge to create an atmosphere of unparalleled elegance and tranquility. With 11 acres of park-like grounds, you’ll want to walk a lot. In 2017, Fustic House was chosen as the location for the Anglo-Barbadian film, A Caribbean Dream, which garnered high praise both here and abroad.

Start time: 2:00 PM   End time: 6:00 PM

Admission: Bds $10.00 for BHS members; all others $15.00

Venue: Fustic House, St. LucyFustic House, St. Lucy

The Barbados Horticultural Society (BHS) is a very vibrant and professional group of women and men dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in plant cultivation and flower arrangement.


Every year they make a trek to the huge international Chelsea Flower Show in the UK and every year they come back with one or more medals, gold more often than not.


On the last Saturday and Sunday in January, they host their annual Flower and Garden Show at their headquarters at Balls Plantation in Christ Church. 

The BHS’s Open Garden Programme takes place in the weeks preceding and following that show. 

Some gardens will have vendors selling plants and craft items but NOT all as this depends on whether the garden owner has given their permission for this or not.

This is a programme that is eagerly awaited by locals and visitors alike.


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