Established in 1979 | Area: 2.87 acres
J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens are a cool and peaceful refuge located in the centre of Road Town. The four-acre gardens include a lush array of indigenous and exotic tropical plants. A pergola walk, lily pond, waterfall, tropical bird houses, and miniature rain forests are just a few of the garden's attractions. The gardens are considered by many to be among the finest in the Caribbean.
National Parks Trust's Description:
At the site of the century old Agricultural Experiment Station, the Botanic Gardens are a beautiful oasis in the centre of Road Town. They are named after the BVI's first conservationist, Joseph Reynold O'Neal who was a leading figure in the formation of the National Parks Trust and the establishment of the BVI's first national park, Mt. Sage National Park. The avenue of royal palms which leads to the fountain makes a captivating entrance for visitors, whilst paths disappear into corners of the garden lined with colourful blossoms drapped over shady pergolas.
The boatic collections represent the different habitats of the BVI such as the rainforest, coastal environments and dry forests, in addtion to displays of exotic species and an extensive collection of palms. A gazebo of orchids both, native and exotic can be discovered by the pond, where lilies float and tortoises swim.
The nursery at the garden is an important repository for endangered species of flora found within the BVI, such as the Acacia anegardensis, ensuring their survival from habitat loss.