Enchanted by Hunte’s Gardens In Barbados

Hunte’s Gardens in Barbados describes itself as ‘the most enchanting place on earth’ and after visiting during my recent Caribbean travels, I have to say that this description is right on! Going on the trip here was more for my green-fingered mum than anything else, but this beautiful garden in the St Joseph area of the island turned out to be much more than pretty flowers and plants. 

It was a heavenly haven of tranquility landscaped over different levels. Towering palm trees filled the view above, while the brightest of tropical flowers and luminous leaves spectacularly graced the undergrowth. What struck me most about Hunte’s Gardens were the personal touches that could be seen everywhere in the form of charming sculptures featuring everything from a laughing Buddha to Renaissance-style figures. 

Something else that made our visit here more personable was the fact that the garden owner, Anthony Hunte, was the guide. Horticulturalist Mr Hunte was born and bred in Barbados and seems to be regarded as somewhat of a local legend. His warm, sociable character and charismatic Barbadian accent were evident as he led our group around, followed by his adorable little dog, Flora, who couldn’t have been cuter as she friskily rolled around on the grass, relishing the attention from garden guests. 

Opera music was blasting out all over the garden and he jokingly said it was his wife practicing. Later on, we were all inviting into his home – a stunning converted barn – for some homemade lemonade or rum punch. His house had an alluring Bohemian feel to it that I loved and there were captivating paintings adorning the walls that I couldn’t take my eyes off. The whole place was just gorgeous and has left a lasting impression. If I ever return to Barbados, I’ll be heading back here in a flash! 

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

hunte's gardens in barbados

What do you think of Hunte’s Gardens? Would you like to visit or have you already been here?

 

 

10 Comments

  1. May 4, 2013 / 06:28

    Looks like a marvelous place. Great pictures! I have been to Barbados but not to these gardens.

    • May 8, 2013 / 19:17

      It was a big surprise, wasn’t expecting somewhere this magical. Honestly, I thought it might be a bit boring. How wrong I was!

    • May 8, 2013 / 19:15

      She was a little sweetie, so adorable!

  2. May 5, 2013 / 10:26

    Certainly enchanting the Hunte Gardens ! I find it amazing when such great biodiversities are displayed in closed environments that it is all kudos to the management & people looking after such horticulture hotspots. Thanks for posting Alison – gr8 pictures !!
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    • May 8, 2013 / 19:15

      It’s an impressive spot and I got the impression that Anthony Hunte does a lot of it himself, which must be a crazy amount of work. Although he probably doesn;t see it as bring work, rather his passion!

  3. May 6, 2013 / 00:13

    I love the tropical plants. I’d have a lot of fun exploring here. And then eating in that space to end it all. So envious!

    • May 8, 2013 / 19:13

      The tropical plants were beautiful, the whole place was just gorgeous. Never got to eat in that amazing dining room, just ogled it for a while! Did have a nice lemonade in his house though (I’m a lightweight so passed on the rum punch!)

  4. May 31, 2013 / 02:17

    I will definitely have to check out Hunte’s Gardens someday. It appears very alive, vivid and rich in the pictures that you took. I can only imagine wondering around in all that beauty as opera music played around :)

    • June 29, 2013 / 21:30

      Hi Marc, the opera music certainly added a lot of atmosphere and made it more memorable.