We just returned from our sixth trip to Grenada. This visit included some new places and experiences. One of the most outstanding was our visit to Jessamine Eden Botanic Garden.
You may experience this place in a number of different ways, from paying an admission fee to walk the grounds, to luncheons, spa treatments and detailed tours.
Although they weren't scheduled to reopen for the season til later on in the week, the owner, Dr. Valma Jessamay, went out of her way to provide us with an unparallelled experience.
Jessamine Eden is located on the west coast of Grenada, near Bausejour,and not far from Annandale Falls.
We arrived in the late morning for luncheon and a tour, and were greeted by a young lady named Rona, who offered some refreshing lemongrass tea. The meal that followed was truly one of the most delicious and beautifully plated dining experiences I've ever had! The food, whenever possible, is sourced from the property. Lunch started with a crayfish salad with a honey-mustard dressing, and was followed with a fresh whole snapper, cooked in banana leaves. The fish was served with lots of veggies - eggplant, callaloo, papaya, dasheen, bananas, blogues and plantain.
Fresh fruit juice or a lovely Chilean Chardonnay accompanied the meal.
Dr. Jessamay came in and introduced herself, and told us of her experience in buying this beautiful property, and the serendipitous way in which thier bee-keeping operation began. We then walked around the land with her, saw beautiful specimen tropical plants, as well as some of the plants on which the bees depend to produce their honey. There were many hives, located in various areas. There is also a glassed hive, where you may observe what goes on inside a bee hive.
The land is aptly named - Eden! A beautiful river runs through the property. Jessamine Eden also offers spa treatments, and one of the spa features is a dip in that lovely water. Next time, that is something I'd definately want to do! After our tour of the land we went back to taste a little honey, and to have a dessert of a banana split, delicious cakes and coffee. We were able to buy honey to take home, as well.
While not inexpensive, the quality of the experience at Jessamine Eden is unsurpassed! I'd certainly reccommend that anyone who has the time and the desire to go and experience something very special!
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