Andromeda Gardens clings to a hillside of Bathsheba in St. Joseph parish facing the aqua windward sea. Iris Bannochie started it with her husband John on eight 18th century acres of family land, returning from her world travels with seeds and seedlings in her pockets to which the customs authorities turned a blind eye. Perhaps the Talipot, a native of southern India, came to Barbados that way. The personal, often whimsical garden was bequeathed to the Barbados National Trust which Bannochie helped found. Basheba's other attractions -- the iconic Soup Bowl for surfers and long, golden Cattlewash beach -- are a breezy downhill walk from here. Across the road from the ocean you'll find Sea Side rum shop with a sociable crowd and wonderful cutters (sandwiches).
But you'll have to hurry. The Talipot blooms only once, then dies.
Admission: US $10
Phone: (246) 433-9261 or (246) 433-9384