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“Nice gardens but beware pop-up guides”
Review of Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Kingstown
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Botanical Gardens are one of the most important and popular sites in St Vincent. They are the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere (established in 1765) and are also an important conservation site (particularly for the St Vincent parrot). The Botanical Gardens are in Kingstown, a short journey from the town centre.
Reviewed December 17, 2011

Lovely gardens that are well cared for and with view over Kingstown to the bay. However, the place is crawling with would-be guides that start by telling you a little about the interesting plants and if you let them, you will get a the full tour but are expected to pay them after. So, either agree a price for a tour when they appear or politely tell them that you don't need a guide.

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NationalParksAuth, Curator at Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2016

Dear Valued Visitor,

Your review on our gardens is very informative to us.

Tours offered by guides are OPTIONAL, and carry a fee of EC$10/ US$4 person for 45 min to and hour. We encourage all visitors to report any issues they may have with our service, while at the site, so that we may promptly deal with it and ensure customer satisfaction.

We thank you for your review on our site as this helps us to improve our service for others.

Thank you

Curator

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Reviewed August 3, 2011

My husband and I and a friend visited the gardens one afternoon and enjoyed the experience because of our guide. He described trees and flowers but also showed us the grasses and herbs that we never would have noticed looking by ourselves. We were also there for feeding time for the parrots so got to feed them. I have visited many zoos and gardens but this was special. Our guide grew up right there and knew everything about everything from the names of the trees to what the school children call the muppet flower and why. We had fun. And yes we gave him a nice tip. You do not have to use a guide and I do not know if others are pushy but he made our day and I hope we were able to make his.

1  Thank FrankandSue11
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NationalParksAuth, Curator at Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2016

Its good to know that you enjoyed your guide and made the experience so great for you, thank you for the wonderful review and for visiting us.

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Reviewed March 19, 2011

trees, plants, gazebo and the national bird the St Vincent parrot.
not as tropical as I would have thought but it doesn't claim flowers.
Still a nice "thing to do/experience"
tour guide $4usd

1  Thank liberatedbytravel
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NationalParksAuth, Curator at Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2016

We would like to thank you for visiting our gardens. We have developed the gardens even more since then, and have even more to offer now. Thank you for sharing your views with us.

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Reviewed September 28, 2010

Visited the gardens in Feb. 2010 during a drought. It was pathetically dry and depressing. We were accosted by a "guide" who claimed to be a horticulturist who had an internship at Kew Gardens. I ACTUALLY AM a horticulturist and when I told the guide, he blew me off - maybe he wasn't even listening to me. I tried to talk plants with him, but he was full of you know what. After our tour, he tried to charge us $30 per person (3 of us total), and when we told him that was outrageous, he got furious. It's too bad there aren't signs posting the botanical names of the trees because I would have liked to have learned more about the garden on my own. Don't waste your time here, go to Montreal Gardens if you have the chance. But if you do, negotiate before or don't even get a guide.

3  Thank Lupea
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NationalParksAuth, Manager at Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2014

Dear Valued Visitor,

Your review on our site is valuable to us. We take this opportunity to highlight a few things to you.

The dry season of 2010 was a very severe one for the whole country and resulted in a drought. This by no stretch of the imagination also severely adversely affected The Garden. To date we have since put measures in place to mitigate the effects of drought in most of The Garden.

Tours offered by guides are OPTIONAL, and carry a fee of EC$10/ US$4 person for 45 min to and hour. We apologize for the less than slandered behavior of the guide that accompanied you, and assure you that the matter has been dealt with. We encourage all visitors report any issues they may have with our service, whiles at the site, so that we may promptly deal with it and ensure customer satisfaction.

We are currently working on updating our tree labels, so as to better accommodate visitors that may choose to walk with tour guides.

We thank you for your review on our site as this helps us to better our service to others.

thank you

Curator

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Reviewed August 11, 2007

We visited the Gardens with our two young children and were looking forward to a quiet stroll about. WE were POUNCED on at the gate by a guide who was very pushy and would not listen to us telling him that we wished to make our own way about. He would not tell us what the usual cost for his services were and was so pushy that we said ok. So in the end we had to pay the entrance fee PLUS his fee of $25 EC. Left a sour taste in our mouth. The gardens were lovely - shame about the the guides not taking no for an answer.

3  Thank kidsandcopes
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NationalParksAuth, Curator at Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2016

Dear Valued Visitor,

Your review of your experience is valuable to us.

Tours offered by guides are OPTIONAL, and carry a fee of EC$10/ US$4 per person for 45 min to an hour. We apologize for the behavior of the guide that accompanied you, and assure you that the matter has been dealt with. We encourage all to visitors report any issues they may have with our service, while at the site, so that we may promptly deal with it and ensure customer satisfaction.

We thank you for your review on our site as this helps us to better our service to others.

Thank you

Curator

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