It was difficult to decide how to review this one, but as it is promoted as a Botanical garden then I feel duty bound to review it as such.
But for future visitors the key is to set your expectations correctly and then you will not be disappointed.
If you set your expectations that this is a Botanical Garden in line with others found in major locations, you will be disappointed. As others have mentioned there are virtually no information boards or signs and those that there are more confusing than assisting. And virtually no information plaques on the plants and trees. This was a big disappointment as there are a lot of interesting plants and shrubs where it would have been useful to know what they were.
Also, as others have mentioned, a lot of the beds are overrun with weeks and had the appearance of not being tendered. And for our visit during the off season, the tropical houses were locked up and you could not enter.
But, then you have to weigh this up against the fact that there is no charge to enter and the gardens are maintained by volunteers who give up their time to do so.
So if you consider this fairly large space to be more a parkland and garden area to visit and relax in rather than the Botanical garden it is promoted as, then it actually becomes quite a good attraction, and would qualify as a five star location, especially as it is now combined with the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in the grounds, which turned out to be a very good visit.
However, I was expecting a botanical garden, and in that respect I was very disappointed and think this is yet another outdoor attraction that could be made so much better with a bit of joined up thinking by the Bermudan tourist board and Parks committee. Fortunately the art gallery and photographic display in the Masterworks Museum saved the day and made the whole thing a worthwhile way to spend a few hours.
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