The Botanical gardens has been a part of Bahamian history since its opening on the very first Bahamian Independence day in July 10, 1973. From its conception by Mr. Oris Russell of the Ministry of Agriculture in 1951 he imagined a place where people could go to marvel at the the different plants and trees that beautify the Bahamas; like the Allamanda, bougainvillea, Frangipani, the Lignum Vitae and the Yellow Elder.
The Lignum Vitae is the national tree of the Bahamas. It is often called ironwood because it is one of the hardest woods in the world. It is so dense it will not float, even in seawater. It grows very slowly and some lignum vitae trees have lived as long as 1000 years.
The Yellow Elder unlike the lignum vitae is much more delicate in its appeal, with a trumpet-shaped flower and a propensity to grow in clusters was named the national flower of the Bahamas. The yellow elder attracts many bees, butterflies and hummingbirds because of its impeccable beauty.
The gardens have many walking trails that meander this way and that creating perfect pathways for leisurely strolls. Once known as the “pit,” these gardens were an old rock quarry supplying stones for roadways and the building of Fort Charlotte an impenetrable fortress used to protect the Bahama waters from pirates.
After being affected by several hurricanes in the late 90′s and once again in 2011 with the impact of hurricane Irene the garden has lost some of its lustre of yester-year, but still retains it’s ole world charm.
Many parties, weddings and events are held on-site to bolster funding for this historical landmark and aid it on it’s return to it’s original luster and the garden lends its charm by setting the stage for many awe-inspiring and captivating moments in time.
So if your passing through Nassau, take a quaint walk through the park or participate in one of the exciting events that are held there year round and become a party of history.
About the author: Fabian Christopher is the Managing editor and owner of Sandy Slipper Travel and online magazine. An avid enthusiast of the Bahamas, he is always ready and available to make your vacation dreams in the islands a memorable experience. If you enjoyed this article, like us on facebook for more great updates on the Bahamas.