We start at 'Sunnyside', a garden which was deservedly featured in Channel 4's (UK) TV series Gardens of the Caribbean' The sheer variety of colours, shapes sizes and textures of everything from trees to aquatic plants is unforgettable. So too are their names: meet Scorpion Orchids, the Upside Down Tree, the Sealing Wax Palm, the Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, Black-Eyed Susan, and of course the more familiar bougainvilleas and heleconias. The hibiscus is quite superb. The garden is the result of years of TLC by the owner. It is established and mature, but not 'finished': flowers and features are continually being added and changed. It can be difficult to tear yourself away from the Koi Carp pond.
Our next stop is usually Hyde Park, a smaller garden but packed with colour and character. It has several items that you did not see at Sunnyside, including Portlandia Grandifloria, and Perescia bleo (a cactus with leaves...) The proprietress, Fay Miller, has a particular enthusiasm for orchids. The setting is just superb, with views over the Carenage to Grand Anse and to Point Salines (site of the airport.) After the walk, you get a well-deserved glass of fruit juice, made from one of the trees you have met!