Garden Of The Groves – A Focus On Natural Healing
I visited the Garden of the Groves while in the Bahamas and I was quite taken by surprise to find that the Bahamian people reach for nature before prescriptions to heal what pains them.
We were greeted by a tour guide who gave us a 20 minute tour of the grounds, how to find our way around and introduced us to trees and plants that are used for healing our bodies, be it a headache, tummy ache, rashes, burns, ulcers, you name it. I loved hearing this and wished that the States would do the same. He then let us to explore on our own.
Let’s go in and look around.
Garden of the Groves opened in March 1973 (four months before the island gained its independence from the UK) to honor Freeport-Lucaya’s founders, Wallace and Georgette Groves
Upon entry of the Garden of the Groves, you can go in three different directions. You’ll want to see it all so it doesn’t matter.
Below: I liked this picture because it had the ducks, the talapia and the turtles all in one area of this big pond as if to welcome us.
This is what they call their tree of life.
Lignum Vitae – Tree of Life
This is the national tree of the Bahamas. It grows to be a height of about twenty feet and can be found in undisturbed coastal coppices of the islands.
The tree is of extraordinary beauty when it burst into flower with a canopy of violet-blue flowers. This can happen at different times of the year and is usually associated with rainfall.
The fruit is fleshy and of orange color. The wood is hard and so extraordinarily heavy that it does not float in water.
It was highly prized in the manufacture of pulleys, cogs and bearings. Harvesting of these tress by early European explorers has rendered it a rare species.
Teas prepared from the various parts of the tree have been used in Bahamian “bush medicine” to treat everything from fevers to boils. The Lucayans used preparations from the tree to treat venereal disease.
The Garden has over ten thousand plants beautifully landscaped. There’s so many pretty picture spots! Here’s a few:
Below: My Sister… my friend
During your visit, you will quickly come across the garden’s resident birds and iguanas. But, be sure to keep your eyes open for wild birds and butterflies who frequent this garden. Since its post hurricane renovation in 2008, Garden of the Groves has been certified as a Wildlife Habitat where animals can receive food, water, shelter and places to raise young.
Below: a few pics of the restaurant area
Below: Gift shop area
St Francis Chapel at The Garden of the Groves
Garden of the Groves Childrens’ Play Area
It was a beautiful day to visit the Gardens. There’s more that I didn’t see that I would have liked to but was pressed for time. The Garden is a great place to visit for reflection and quiet time. Plan to spend at least 2 hours, I was there for about an hour. Another hour would have been great.
I found this flower lying on the ground and put it to use. What do ya think?
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PS: Be sure and check out my review of the Taino Beach Resort. I picked up an entire week (7 nights) for just $599 through my little known travel club. It’s pretty darn cool! It’s a fabulous place to stay when visiting Freeport and very inexpensive when you know the backdoor staying there for wholesale. I’d love to share it with you so you can travel more!