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The Queen Elizabeth II Monument
After entering the Park and paying CI$8 (US$10) for each admission
(with children 12 and
under admitted free with a parent), you will pass the Queen Elizabeth
II Monument, composed
of stone from a local quarry, studded with fossil shells, and
framed by a stand of Siver Thatch
palms, the national tree whose frond is the Park's logo.
The Visitors’ Centre
Past the monument is the parking area that positions you only
steps away from the Visitors’
Centre, a two-story Caymanian style building with a wide, welcoming
veranda. Inside is a gift
shop where you can pick up a free Woodland Trail Guide, containing
useful information and a
map of the Park. From there you are welcome to stroll into a verdant
courtyard graced with
orchids and tropical plants surrounding a water feature crossed
via dramatically arranged
The Heritage Garden
Moving away from the Visitors’ Centre, the main
path leads to the Heritage Garden where a
pretty pink, traditional-style cottage, surrounded by a white
sand garden, depicts how life was
lived in the Cayman Islands in the early 20th century. This area
includes fruit trees, traditional
crops, medicinal plants, and a separate caboose” or
The Floral Colour Garden
Further along the main path lies the Floral Colour Garden.
Designed as a series of gardens
arranged by colour, the Floral Colour Garden is a year- round
explosion of hues. A walkway
meanders through sections of pink, red, orange, yellow, white,
blue, mauve, and lavender.
Rising from the midst of this brilliant profusion is a stately
gazebo perched atop a peaceful lily
pond. This gazebo is a favorite centerpiece for weddings and intimate
Returning to and continuing along the main path, you’ll
next encounter the Park’s two-acre lake
and its adjacent wetlands. This tranquil oasis encompasses three
small islands that offer a
habitat and breeding area for the native birds and attract bird-watchers
from around the world.
Tri-coloured Herons, Common Moorhen, Green Herons, Black-necked
Stilts, American Coots,
Blue-winged Teal, Cattle Egrets and rare West Indian Whistling
Ducks are just a few of the
winged beauties that frequent this section of the Park
The Woodland Trail
The path doesn’t really end, but instead links to the famous
Woodland Trail. It’s said that a
walk around the Woodland Trail is a walk around Cayman. In just
under a mile, the landscape
changes every few hundred yards from wetland to cactus thicket,
logwood swamp to humid epiphyte woodland, dry thickets on scant
soil to tall woodland with impressive Mahogany
trees.The depth and type of soil, the water table elevation, the
salinity of the groundwater, the
history of human activity, and the nature of the surface rock
are just some of the factors that
control the patterns of natural vegetation along the Trail.
The Blue Iguana Habitat
Along the Woodland Trail lies the Blue Iguana Habitat,
which is the centre for the National
Blue Iguana Recovery Program.
The National Trust of the Cayman Islands began its work with these
intriging creatures soon
after its formation in 1987, with an ultimate repopulation goal
of 1000. The Habitat has become
an exceptionally popular area as the captive breeding grounds
for these fascinating reptiles
(Cyclura nubila lewisi) who only two decades ago were facing
extinction. Frequently found freely
roaming the grounds of the Park, these "blue dragons"
delight both local and foreign visitors
who happen upon them.Points of Reference...Well, that ends
the tour of the Park, but you may
enjoy sharing some of the following nature-related points of reference:
- Orchids at
In addition to an array of breathtaking orchid species,
the Botanic Park is home to four orchid
species that can be found nowhere else on the planet, including
Cayman’s national flower,
the Wild Banana Orchid (Myrmecophila Thomsoniana).
An annual Orchid Show is held at
the Park in concert with the Cayman Islands Orchid Society to
provide both an exhibition of
locally grown orchids and a plant sale of specially imported
orchids. The event also offers
gardeners educational opportunities to learn techniques for
successfully growing these
beautiful, but fragile flowers.
- The Virtual Herbarium
In concert with the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Botanical
Research Center, the entire
Herbarium of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands
has been made available online.
This searchable index includes a high-resolution photo of each
specimen, its island
locale, and a field description.
- Butterflies at the Park
Butterflies are undoubtedly among the most delicate and
awe-inspiring features of nature.
Developed by Joanne Mercille, this portion of the website includes
the names and
photograph of the various butterfly specimens that grace the
October to March: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., last admission at 4:30
April to September: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., last admission
at 5:30 p.m.
(Closed on Christmas and Good Friday)