When we visit a beach destination, it’s tempting to stay put. But if we can tear ourselves away from the sand and the water, we almost always love what we find. That’s what happened when we visited the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens in Saint Lucia. Situated just a few miles from our resort, this oasis of colour and beauty seemed like a different world.
Diamond Falls is blessed with six acres of plantings, a stunning waterfall, and a series of mineral baths. Since much of Saint Lucia is rain forest, it wasn’t surprising that the flowers were so large and beautiful. The paths were lined with heliconia, bougainvillea and hibiscus flowers in every colour imaginable.
|One of many heliconias at Diamond Falls|
In addition to flowers, the gardens were rife with trees, spices and vines.
Legend has it that Josephine Bonaparte visited the mineral baths here as a young girl growing up in the Caribbean. It’s impossible to know if that’s true, but given her well-known love for roses, it’s fitting that the estate has added these appealing gardens and opened them to the public.
|Begonias at Diamond Falls|