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Address: Station Ave., Road Town, Tortola
Phone Number: 809 494 4557
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Activities: Birdwatching, Shopping
Description: Established in 1986, this 4.5-acre garden displays a beautiful array of...
Established in 1986, this 4.5-acre garden displays a beautiful array of indigenous and exotic flowers and plants, in addition to the tropical birds that make the Garden's miniature tropical rainforest their home.
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excellent selection of exotics, worthy of upkeep commitment

I enjoyed the gardens selection, as a horticulturist and it was educational. Signs could be clearer and more specific to the actual plants, and some are hard to identify due to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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manhattan
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I love flowers and plants and so I have visited this Botanical Gardens on more than one occasion. But clearly, due to lack of government funding and upkeep, this is not in the best shape. That said, it is peaceful and lovely and there is a nice assortment of greenery to keep you occupied for an hour or so. I... More 

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I enjoyed the gardens selection, as a horticulturist and it was educational. Signs could be clearer and more specific to the actual plants, and some are hard to identify due to surrounding growth. This garden needs and deserves patrons funding, and more active benefactors, but given its location, I guess they aren't getting a deep commitment, which is a mistake.... More 

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Spokane, WA
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220 reviews 220 reviews
82 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I LOVED this little garden. If you arrive by cruise ship, it is a 20 to 25 minute stroll from the cruise ship. The walk is enjoyable there are lots of interesting things to see along the way. One of the nicest things about this garden is that you will NOT have to share it with 3000 other people from... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Went during the month of January, so off season for many blooms. Affordable hour and a half. Well kept. Beautiful spot for pictures.

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Churchville, Virginia
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9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Fee is $3 but is not what you expect of a class act Botanic Garden. Plants were labeled but not a large variety. Spend the $3 somewhere else.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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355 reviews 355 reviews
209 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We were really looking forward to visiting these gardens and were not disappointed; its a lovely spot. Good signage, with lots of information as well as interesting diversions such as ponds and pergolas. Peaceful location and so much to see as we gently ambled around in the heat. Wildlife abounds; butterflies, birds and turtles. Great little gift shop with a... More 

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Forest, VA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We arrived on a cruise ship for a day's activity. This was our last Island to visit on the trip. It was only a few minutes walk from the downtown area of which I thought looked quite run down unfortunately. This beautiful place offered a few moments of serenity and reflection as well as viewing the unique and beautiful flowers,... More 

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Cramlington, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
19 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Lovely gardens close to Road Town.nice to walk round. The Sugar works museum nearby is well worth a visit, it is free and we were given a book when we made a donation.

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Road Town, Tortola
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111 reviews 111 reviews
52 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It was a very relaxing experience, strolling around the gardens and observing the diversity of the flora. The staff was very friendly and eager to show you some of the plants. The visit to the pond to watch the turtles proved to be the highlight of the visit. Some areas looked dry and lacking attention. But overall, it's well maintained... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Named after the BVI's first conservationist, the JR O'Neal Botanic Gardens offer an escape from the daily hustle and bustle of island life. Set in a quiet neighbourhood in the centre of town, it was deserted when I visited, which isn't surprising, as it's quite 'tucked away'. It wasn't expensive (about $3, although locals pay less anyway) and it felt... More 

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