Fodor's Expert Review Mamiku Gardens

Vieux Fort and the East Coast Garden

One of Saint Lucia's loveliest botanical gardens surrounds the hilltop ruins of the Micoud Estate. Baron Micoud, an 18th-century colonel in the French army and governor-general of Saint Lucia, deeded the land to his wife, Madame de Micoud, to avoid confiscation by the British during one of the many times when Saint Lucia changed hands. Locals abbreviated her name to "Ma Micoud," which, over time, became Mamiku. (The estate did become a British military outpost in 1796, but shortly thereafter was burned to the ground by slaves during the Brigand's War.) The estate is now primarily a banana plantation, but the gardens themselves—including several secluded or "secret" gardens—are filled with tropical flowers and plants, delicate orchids, and fragrant herbs.

Garden Views Green Romantic

Quick Facts

Micoud Rd.
Praslin, Praslin  Saint Lucia

758-455–3729

www.mamikugardens.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $8, guided tour $10, Guided tours must be booked at least 3 days in advance

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