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:
Mrs. Betty Lyn Estwick
Call 428-5889 for further information.
Members Bds $10.00
Non-Members Bds $15.00
Children under 12 y.o. Bds $5.00
Light refreshments and Tea will be on sale.
Crystal View Estate is the “brain child” of Mrs. Estwick, a former school teacher. Betty Lyn bought this 2 acre property in 2005 and set about clearing the land to commence her “dream” to create it into a garden. The property was completely overgrown with trees and bush. There was very little depth of soil so many, many loads of soil had to be brought in for the trees both flowering and fruit to be able to grow.
In this “Park Like Garden” there are Cassias, Poorman’s Orchid, Flamboyant, Neem, Palms, Coconut, Citrus fruit, Bougainvillea, Heliconias, Ginger Lilies, Bromeliads, Ferns, Gerberas and many, many varieties of Mango to name but a few. Needless to say this necessitated that many loads of soil were also needed to plant even the grass.
Over the years, Betty Lyn expanded on her “dream” to build a facility to be used for functions such as weddings, meetings etc., and the well planned, located and very serviceable building came to fruition.
Bettylyn has created several “miniature” gardens, each one different with so many varieties of plants. She has also built a “Wishing Well” and all over the garden there are numerous areas where one can sit and enjoy the spectacular view and/or delight in sitting or browsing amongst the many “miniature gardens”.
Directions: On Highway 4, continue east past Rolling Hills to the sign for Featherbed Lane, drive up the hill to the top and turn right at the Open Garden sign on to an unpaved road/track and follow the sign to the large open area for parking and the entrance to the garden will be immediately in front of you.
Admission: Bds $10.00 for BHS members; all others $15.00
Venue: Crystal Heights, St. Philip
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.