Orchid World was opened on December 05, 1998 by former Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honourable Owen Arthur, M.P.
This beautifully landscaped orchid garden is situated in the central part of the Island some 841 feet or 261 meters above sea level and nestles amongst the cane fields of Sweet Bottom and Groves Plantations.
The six acre property at Groves is home to over 30, 000 exquisite orchids in addition to many other tropical plants like the bougainvillea, heliconia, palms, ferns, cacti and succulents to name just a few.
Here the orchids are displayed as they would appear at various levels in their natural habitat. A well paved pathway meanders through four orchid houses, a fernery, and two courtyards with several vandaceous orchids secured on fences. A beautiful water-fall, streams and fountains add to the ambiance of the garden. The water features have been designed so that most of the water is recycled. The source of this water is a 30,000 gallon tank which collects rainfall from the roof of the main building. Additionally this water is used for irrigating the orchids.
Our gazebo, which has a panoramic view of the valley below, is used for sheer relaxation and also creates a wonderful backdrop for that memorable wedding ceremony. During the months of November and December a glittering sea of silver sugarcane arrows salutes you from this vantage point.
The paths are wheelchair/stroller friendly and the property has bathroom facilities to accommodate the physically challenged.
Benches are also strategically positioned so that our guest may relax and enjoy the various bird sounds around the garden!
Orchid World Garden opens 9:00am daily through out the year with exceptions on Good Friday and Christmas Day and facilitates individual or group tours including Schools and Churches.
Umbrellas are provided on rainy days.
Come visit our stunning and relaxing garden!
Orchid World, located at Groves, St. George, Barbados was once a chicken farm. The property was purchased by a group of shareholders in 1997. Having already invested in a tropical garden known as the Flower Forest, they wanted to diversify and did so with orchids. The attraction is now a fully owned subsidiary of Foster Ince Cruise Services.
Richard Coghlan, a prominent horticulturist and landscape artist on the Island, designed and landscaped the garden. He was ably assisted by Nance Binks, a retired educator, the Huey and Hill families, who were instrumental in the purchase of the property.
The garden evolved from an environmentally unfriendly chicken farm to a spectacular tropical orchid garden and from its inception was recognized as a leading tourist attraction on the Island.
Neighbour to the West Indies Sugar Cane Breeding Station, the Exclusive Cotton Ginnery and the Groves Agricultural Station, Orchid World compliments these other entities in the local agricultural sector.
The only orchid garden of its kind in the region, Orchid World is committed to the sustainability of the species of orchids on show and is currently developing a nursery to propagate these orchids to ensure that they are available to local and regional orchid enthusiasts.