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The Gardens of Georgetown

The Gardens of Georgetown

By Arlene Munro – (pub: September 3, 2009 Stabroek News)

In the city of Georgetown there are beautiful, scenic gardens that delight the eyes of citizens and tourists alike. Lovers of nature are enthralled by the splendour and profusion of flowers in these gardens. Today I will focus on the Botanic Gardens and Zoological Park, the Promenade Gardens, and the Company Path Gardens.

Kissing Bridge. Botanical Gardens

The idea of the Botanic Gardens was conceived by the Royal Agricultural and Commercial Society when in 1877 it passed a resolution for a letter to be sent to the Governor and Court of Policy for the organization of a Botanical and Horticultural Garden in the city of Georgetown. Consequently, the government bought the backlands of Vlissengen (276 acres for $72,000). A portion of this land was reserved for the gardens.

Mr. John Frederick Waby, a botanist from Trinidad, came to British Guiana in 1878 to serve as head gardener. First of all the land was drained. Trenches were excavated and the land was raised to a higher level with soil taken from the area where the lakes now exist.  Another botanist, Mr. G.S. Jenman, travelled to British Guiana in 1880 to assist Mr. Waby. The original gardens were a resort for animals and birds.   Continue reading