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“Bee Happy at Jessamine Eden!”
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Jessamine Eden Botanic Garden
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

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!

3  Thank Pat F
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

This eden would possibly take you several weeks to cover, to get every last detail in (thats if you love the outdoors and actually appreciate it). We went to visit Eden whilst it was closed for some upgrades, and we were welcomed with open arms. Incredible in October it was the season of dirth (season without flowering for honey bees), and it it was positively beautiful and lush beyond any island in the Leeward and Windwards we have seen yet (we have sailed all the islands in the month of October from the BVIs).

yes, a return taxi is roughly 50$ USD/CAD but well worth it when you keep your eyes and views wide open. A bus is possible and certainly a lot less expensive, but this all depends on how much time you have to spare and time is precious on this planet. Make your own choice here based on you.

I highly recommend Eden for a visit, even just for the tranquility and sheer beauty of the area near Grand Etang. For all BeeKeepers, a super must. They are keen, and very knowledgeable. on the subject, and have award winning honey available on site. Keep up the excellent work. We will be back next year for tea and honey and beauty:)

Go and see for yourself, and see what the island is all about outside of the shopping. You will drive by small villages, teeming with life, love, and laughter...an incredible view of the island, that many do not experience and should.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We chose to go by taxi but I think it is possible to go by bus if you can walk a bit.It was not quite as big as we thought it would be but it it is a lovely garden to wander around and has stunning flowers so is well worth a visit.

Thank bcrowe2016
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

God will deal with her for trying to steal from people all the time to bad pay never good with visiteros mean to workers she is a DR for stealing if she want to make it in this life she better be good to people

6  Thank Patricia C
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Arriving on a cruise ship early one Sunday morning, we hired a driver at the port to take us to Jessamine and back ($50). The half-hour drive takes you past coastal villages before turning inland into a rural area with lovely views of tropical foliage and craggy hills. We were the first visitors to Eden that day, warmly greeted by a research scientist, her assisant and by Heidi, the friendly dog. The main buildings are set in a valley with a small brook running through the garden. We walked up a hillside trail, chatted with a local farmer and admired his flock of goats. Through a glass sided hive, we observed bees building their comb. We were offered delicious lemon grass tea and fresh-baked banana bread and bought several pots of their Silver Medal-winning organic honey to take home as gifts.
Next time we will take the Jessamine package that includes transport from the dock, a conducted tour and lunch in their Riverside Grill cafe.

1  Thank dolittle2016
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