Andromeda Gardens: Iris Bannochie’s legacy

Andromeda Botanic Gardens Curator discusses the fascinating history of the garden and its founder Iris Bannochie.

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28 September 2020


6pm (lecture lasts one hour)


Online event



Pre-booking essential

Tickets do not include entry to the Gardens

Andromeda Botanic Gardens is the only heritage garden in Barbados, created in the 1950s as a private botanic garden by founder Iris Bannochie.

Containing over 500 plant species across 90 plant families, its series of tropical gardens provides the visitor with an enchanting journey through an ever-changing landscape.

In this lecture, Curator and Head Gardener at Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Sharon Cooke, will talk about the history of the garden and its founder, Iris, who was a multi-medal winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and recipient of the Veitch Memorial Medal.

The lecture will reveal insights into the management and development of this genuine botanic garden, and the challenges and difficulties faced along the way. 

Kew Mutual Improvement Society

This talk is part of the Kew Mutual Improvement Society lecture series which has been running since 1871.

We curate and present a varied programme of public lectures, with no limits to the discussion topics within the realms of botany, conservation and horticulture – all for a remarkably low-cost ticket.

Find out more about the Kew Mutual Improvement Society