Sunnyside Gardens Grenada
Who would have thought that something so beautiful as Sunnyside Gardens Grenada can remain a hidden treasure all this time?
Located only 15 minutes from the town of St. George Sunnyside Gardens is a labor of love. Even my mom who knows the area quite well, having grown up only 5 minutes from Sunnyside Gardens was shocked that such a beautiful well cared garden existed here for for so many years.
I visited Sunnyside Gardens Grenada on one of my island tours while vacationing for Christmas 2005. It was the first stop on our tour, and one of the most enjoyable.
Sunnyside Gardens Grenada is located right off the St. Paul’s main road, just before the Laborie junction. That’s a short 20 minutes ride from the hotel district in Grand Anse, and so it easily accessible … well kind of easy.
I say kind of easy because Sunnyside gardesns is not open to the general public. In fact the garden is really part of the private residence of its caretaker.
So how do you get to see the wonderful world at Sunnyside gardens Grenada? Well you simply do what we did. Make reservation through one of the Grenada tour operators.
No sooner you pull off the main road into the narrow dirveway, colors abound everywhere. While our driver was off fetching Jean the owner, I siezed the opporutinty to get aquainted with the many varities of hibiscus that were everywhere. A sampling of the many hibiscus flowers at Sunnyside Gardens Grenada
My moment with the hibiscus was interrupted by the sound of an unfamiliar female voice. I lifted my head to see a woman walking briskly down the path towards us. She was wearing a red T-shirt, cream trousers, and matching hat, and what looked like black galoshes … there was no question in my mind that this is the person responsible for the incredible beauty around us.
Here are Mia, Jean and Ryian (from left to right) posing for a picture. In the the distant background is the Caribbean sea.
After the introductions, Jean took us on a tour through her Sunnyside Gardens that lasted about 40 minutes.
There is a story behind every different plant, tree and flower … like: Where they came from, Their nicknames, Their healing properties…
Enjoy these selected shots from Sunnyside Gardens Grenada … hopefully they can satisfying you until your visit
Sunnyside Gardens suffered significant damages during hurricane Ivan. But to be honest I was so impressed with the all the beauty, and varsity that it was hard to imagine this place being even more spectacular in times past.
Jean is really an interesting woman with lots of energy, and a good sense of humor. When you chat with her it’s easy to understand why Sunnyside Gardens was so quickly back in glory (while others weren’t). Be sure to have her give you the stories about the early post Ivan days, and how she and the family saved the Garden.
Our delightful little tour cost us US$40 total …. it was well worth it and for the four of us an experience we will always cherish.In the immortal words of The Terminator … I’ll be Back