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“Lovely, relaxing gardens, well-kept and informatIve, with some good views and history.”
Review of Mamiku Gardens

Mamiku Gardens
Ranked #61 of 169 things to do in St. Lucia
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Owner description: This 22-acre garden estate includes the ruins of an 18th-century house and three distinct gardens.
Amersham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
191 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Lovely, relaxing gardens, well-kept and informatIve, with some good views and history.”
Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

A lovely, tranquil morning in beautiful,well-kept gardens. I can't agree with other reviwers who say this is neglected, although I notice no review since April 2012 so it may be that they have done a lot of work in the last year. Botanists or keen gardeners will appreciate the comprehensive list of species with clear numbering. Those who just come for a lovely, mainly shady walk around will enjoy the tranquility (we arrived at 9 am and were literally the only visitors). Some really good views out over the coast too. Many different bird species, especially humming birds everywhere. The peace and beauty makes it very hard to reconcile one's thoughts with the extremely bloody history of the place (too briefly outlined on the display notices at various points). A small terrace bar for a cold Piton finishes it nicely, however the much advertised and boasted "souvenir shop" is closed and they sell only a few postcards etc. - A real sales opportunity missed for the owners.

All in all highly recommended for a couple of very pleasant, relaxing hours.

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Cheshire
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Interesting gardens but neglected”
Reviewed April 17, 2012

Unless you are a keen gardener it's not worth making these gardens your main focus of a days visit. But as part of a trip along the less developed east coast of the island they would fit well. If you are a keen gardener then although neglected and suffering from a lack of visitors, the gardens are worth visiting. We went in March but I guess May is probably the best month for floral displays. There are some disappointments (such as the bougainvillaea walk) and a general air of neglect but there are also some rare plants and the orchids are stunning. There is a bar/cafe and some toilets which were well looked after.

Visited March 2012
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Northamptonshire, UK
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Soothing”
Reviewed March 19, 2012

We enjoyed visiting here, it's really quite peaceful, very few other visitors and a great antidote if you have been in the busier parts of the island. It's a botanical gardens so expect lots of plants but also some very nice walks around the estate taking in ruins, a spot of history and some wildlife watching. Look out for the hummingbirds. On entry you get a booklet that helps you identify the plants and trees. We really enjoyed coming here. Go to Latille waterfall nearby.

Visited March 2012
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful estate with tour guides who were informative.”
Reviewed March 13, 2012

Visited this fantastic estate with a tour of the banana and coconut groves. the guide cut coconuts from the tree and opened them for the fresh coconut water. Also tasted coconut milk and fresh coconut. Tasted tamarind pods. Ended the trek with a tour of the orchid collection followed by fresh tamarind and lemon juice tuna sandwiches, banana cake and home made ice creams from the cafe.
a gem and well worth the visit.

Visited March 2012
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UK
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit for birders and botanists”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

After reading the other reviews we were worried as to whether this merited the long trip from Marigot Bay. But we're very pleased we did. Firstly - it's NOT a family attraction. Yes the ruins are minimal and arguably shouldn't be part of the advertising. So there's little for kids. BUT it is a serious botanical garden with plant lists available, and the damage from the hurricane which may have led to previous poor reviews is now much restored, with large areas of new planting which will quickly become lush again.

Also, it is an excellent place for bird watching. The sprinklers were on and we saw a wide variety of bird life, especially in the wooded area around the stream. After paying $30 US each to see almost nothing at the Millet Trail, paying $20EC each to see mangrove cuckoos, tremblers, pearly-eyed thrasher, St Lucia peewee and many others at very close quarters seemed good value!

Visited January 2012
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