Smithy’s Garden is a private estate and spice garden that’s rich with orchards, vegetables, spice plants, and tropical flower gardens. It is divided into two sections, one representing the old gardens and the other, the new. Though the gardens are maintained, the area still retains a wild, jungle-like atmosphere and a sense of plants thriving in their natural environment.
The old garden is home to a range of plant life, including large fruit trees and colorful flowers. The orchards grow everything from bananas and avocados to sugarcane, and visitors can see the tropical citrus fruits the Caribbean is famous for as well as its ornamental flowers like orchids, ferns, roses, and the national flower of Grenada, the bougainvillea. The newer garden is an area recovering from the devastation of 2004’s Hurricane Ivan. It’s a community project that grows and protects Grenada’s native plants, such as ginger lilies and heliconia. There are more fruit trees to wander through, including passionfruit vines and several different types of palms. Tropical plants and fruits of all shapes, sizes, and uses can be seen here.
Things to know before you go
*Guided tours led by the owner or head gardener are available by appointment only. *Smithy’s Garden works with an international network of florists and flower shops to fill orders around the world through its floral business, Anne’s Florals. *This is a must-see attraction for nature lovers and gardening enthusiasts.
How to get there
Smithy’s Garden is located just past Fort Frederick. It’s about a 15-minute drive from Grand Anse Beach. You can grab one of Grenada’s mini-buses from St. George’s, but they do not follow a set timetable, which can make using them tricky. The 3-bus route includes Morne Jaloux, which is where the garden is located; a local bus stop is just up the road from Smithy’s.
When to get there
Mango season in the Caribbean, which usually occurs around June, is a good time to visit Smithy’s Garden. The estate is home to plants that produce pineapples, plums, papaya, bananas, and limes throughout the year. The property is high enough in the hills to be cooled by trade winds, making it a good respite during the hot afternoon.