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Jardin Botanique de Deshaies

| Villers, Deshaies 97126, Guadeloupe
+590 590 28-4302
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Glorious Gardens

Visited as part of an excursion. The gardens are extremely well laid out with good pathways... read more

Reviewed May 5, 2017
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Unforgettable Garden of Eden

This beautifully tended, well explained, and well laid out garden was a highlight of our visit to... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2017
Pennington, NJ
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A Spectacular Botanical Garden and Wildlife Park Open to the public since the 1st April 2001, the Botanical Gardens at Deshaies are a recent creation. This park, whose youth is imperceptible, has very quickly imposed itself as the place to be for nature enthusiasts and lovers of tropical plants. Situated on the windward coast of Basse-Terre, 100m in altitude up above the town of Deshaies, the garden stretches out over 5 hectares of sloping mountainside. Its favourable location guarantees beautiful views over the coast and an unrivalled vantage-point overlooking the bay of Deshaies. The site was already home to a nursery created by Guy Blandin, a plant-lover who brought rare and unknown plant species from his travels around the world back to Guadeloupe. Many of them unfortunately disappeared when Cyclone Hugo hit and severely damaged the island in 1989. The humorist Michel Colluci, also known as Coluche, acquired the property in 1979. A few years later, in 1985, he invited his friend Michel Gaillard, an interior landscaper in mainland France, to set up his nursery there in exchange for taking care of the property's garden. A year later, the death of Coluche brought the future of the property back into question. Michel Gaillard bought back the property in 1991 to honour the memory of his friend, with the idea in mind of creating a botanical garden. This risky and ambitious project required several years of planning, of research into its feasibility and then of execution. The garden was finally brought about in accordance with Michel Gaillard's and the landscaper Samuel Craquelin's plans. Over the course of the path which snakes its way through the gardens, visitors today discover a world of real abundance: a world with 800 species of plant all brought together, with several animal species, which were introduced much to the delight of children, and with the most spectacular and unexpected landscapes following one after the other. Tourists are invited on an unforgettable walk amidst fifteen or so different scenes.
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| Villers, Deshaies 97126, Guadeloupe
+590 590 28-4302
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Reviewed May 5, 2017

Visited as part of an excursion. The gardens are extremely well laid out with good pathways. There is a large pond as you enter full of very hungry koi who slash around as they get fed! The gardens have an extensive variety of plants and...More

1  Thank KatomeriKaf
Reviewed April 29, 2017

This beautifully tended, well explained, and well laid out garden was a highlight of our visit to Guadeloupe. We spotted hummingbirds and colibri feeding on heliconia in their natural settings. The fragrances were heavenly. A wonderful variety of species: from towering 'traveler tree' palms, to...More

Thank SuzannePennington_NJ
Reviewed April 28, 2017 via mobile

We made our way slowly through the botanical garden enjoying the sheer beauty of nature. We had a lot of time so took it slowly but could be done in an hour. I wish the information brochure was also available in English. Everything from information...More

Thank Pujagoks
Reviewed April 27, 2017

My husband and I visited as part of a tour group from a cruise ship. It is truly beautiful and well maintained. Enjoyed feeding the lorikeets - they are so gentle. There are so many varieties of flowers, trees and plants - we were amazed...More

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed April 27, 2017

We spent 2 hours wandering the garden, enjoying and learning about the many varieties of flowers, plants, and trees. All are beautifully presented. There is also an aviary you can get inside of; and a koi pond that grabs your attention as you walk through...More

Thank coxmartex
Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

Went on a rainy day. They do provide umbrellas. The garden was quite beautiful. But not exceptional. Had a good meal at the restaurant. The cafe also had a good selection. They have nice picnic area in the back along with an area for the...More

Thank Gkpv
Reviewed April 24, 2017

We had a really nice morning at this garden. They had a nice variety of plants. Some signs in English. The restaurant was a lovely place for lunch after walking the rest of the place (and feeding the goats and rainbow lorikeets). The quick lunch-counter...More

Thank katsuadashinomoto
Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

Visited this as a family (I'm one of four teenage girls) and everyone had a great day! The waterfall is beautiful and if you have a chance to definitely eat at the restaurant. The view is fantastic and the service is lovely. We definitely recommend...More

Thank hannahberry2
Reviewed April 19, 2017 via mobile

Loved our day. The grounds are extensive and well maintained. The restaurant was a pleasant surprise. Great seafood platter.

Thank nchalas
Reviewed April 7, 2017

My husband and I are not inclined to visit gardens when we travel, but we are SO glad we visited Jardin Botanique de Deshaies. The garden itself is spectacular with over 800 species of tropical plants sourced from all over the world and displayed beautifully....More

1  Thank Carolyn G
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Can a cruise ship passenger take a taxi from the port to the gardens? If yes, what is the cost each way?
April 29, 2017|
Response from marielaure97126 | Property representative |
Yes it's happéns very often bécause it's less eXpensive tô do that way than buying thé visit in the ship . We don't know the price but taxis ask passengers tout be six persons.
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My husband uses a wheelchair, are the gardens accessible? Many thanks
January 25, 2017|
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Response from marielaure97126 | Property representative |
yes our garding is a little sloping, but it is possible. best regards
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is there an entrance fee and if so how much per person. What are the opening hours including on weekends
March 2, 2016|
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Response from Magicwoods | Reviewed this property |
Yes, all good information above. Entrance fee: 15,90 euro for adults. Hours: 9 to 17:30. Enjoy!