This online lecture by Sir Henry Fraser provides a overview of the historic gardens of Barbados. It begins with an overview of the historic gardens of Barbados mentioned by Sir Robert Schomburgk in The History of Barbados (1848). These were the gardens of Codrington College (the first university in the British West Indies), Welchman Hall Gully (an extensive tropical orchard) and Government House. The most famous was that of Farley Hill, whose owner was host to several Royal visitors.The lecture includes other public gardens (Welchman Hall, Hunte’s Bardens, Flower Forest and Orchid World, private gardens and the new plan for a National Botanic Garden on the 200 plus acres of an abandoned sugar plantation.
Professor Emeritus Sir Henry Fraser is the retired founding Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and founding Director of the Chronic Disease Research Centre of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. He is the author of more than 100 peer reviewed medical and scientific papers, several hundred other papers, 700 newspaper Sunday columns and many books and articles on Barbadian heritage and architecture.
He has had several “alternate” careers as University and National Public Orator, in Architectural History and Preservation, and as writer, artist, and documentary film maker for local television, including several series - Treasures of Barbados, Pillars of Worship & Parliament 375. He is Past President of the Barbados National Trust, and served as Senator from 2012 to 2018.