Garden Visits:Hunte’s Gardens

Lucky for me there is a tropical paradise on the island of Barbados, and even more luckily, I got to visit it. I did not know what to expect when we arrived at

 Hunte’s Gardens. But from the first moment,

 admiring the terra cotta columns and the metal gates, I was a goner.

And when Anthony Hunte called us to come up on his veranda and have a drink, I was in love. Not just with the garden, but with him. Anthony is one of a kind. A true eccentric, he is a warm and lovely man. Converting an old stable on a sugar plantation into his home, Anthony was smart enough to use a lot of architectural salvage. Opening for doors were constructed to fit antique doors, instead of finding doors to fit the openings. Everywhere you looked, there were amazing (how many times can I use that word, lol) things, furniture, art, decorative pieces, I could have happily moved in.  Full of fascinating stories, I could have sat and listened to him for hours (especially when he brought out the tray of rum punch), but the garden beckoned.

Walking down the steps from the house

 to a terrace, Anthony explained how the garden, ( a 1 3/4 acre masterpiece) had been constructed in only 2 years.

Starting at the bottom of the gully,

 all the undergrowth was cleared out, leaving just the cabbage palms, giving a cathedral like feel over head. The classical music playing also contributed to the ambiance.

 All of the paving and steps (a multitude) were constructed by him.

A mind boggling view, down into the gully.

Another set of steps, takes you to the bottom,

but there are numerous overgrown paths to secret sitting areas.

Hunte’s Gardens is made up of  a number of small clearings, on many levels.  In the 4 1/2 years since Anthony started his garden, the growth has been amazing. Thanks to the density of the planting, you cannot see a single square inch of soil showing.

He has some very interesting planting, some I knew from selling tropicals/house plants at the flower shop, like

Colocasia esculenta, Black Taro.

Copper Leaf or Chrysothemis pulchella.

This red stemmed palm is quite unusual.

Lotus

I don’t know what these are, but I love them.

In my next post, I will show you what I loved most about Anthony’s garden…

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30 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Bernieh said,

    That is such a fantastic creation. It’s amazing what he’s done in such a short time. I just love the Lipstick Palm (Cyrtostachys renda). I had one of those beauties in my last garden and I feel the need to find one for this garden now. The plant in the last photo is a Caladium and it’s a striking variety. Loved the combination of Croton, Dracaena and Stromanthe in the photo above that. You’ve found a little slice of paradise.

    • 2

      I am amazed at how fast plants grow in the tropics. I see the landscape crew where I live pollarding trees, and within a couple of months, you would never know they had been. I shall go back to see this garden again, and again. I am full of admiration for it.

  2. 3

    gagarden said,

    Two years? The climate had to help out there with the full ad lush growth. I see why you liked this garden, I would too.

  3. 5

    gardeningasylum said,

    I’d not realized you could do “real gardening” in the tropics – how wrong I’ve been. Fantastic place, esp love the salvage and sculpture.

  4. 7

    Marguerite said,

    Oh my goodness that garden is heaven. So many amazing plants to identify and enjoy. I’ll bet you had to be dragged out of there at the end of the day.

  5. 9

    p3chandan said,

    Such a beautiful garden with creative landscaping and exotic plants! No wonder you were enjoying yourself there….

  6. 11

    gp said,

    Thanks for sharing these spectacular pictures!

  7. 13

    Thanks for the virtual tour–gorgeous.

  8. 15

    Jean said,

    That is gorgeous. Can you wangle an invitation to stop by and spen time in the garden whenever you want? 🙂

  9. 17

    What an amazing garden, you really struck lucky there. Such wonderful lush planting and all in such a short time, what a difference it makes when you don’t have frost and snow !!!

  10. 19

    debsgarden said,

    I love that red stem palm! This is a true paradise, and to experience it along with classical music, rum punch, and a master storyteller? What a wonderful day!

  11. 21

    Oh my, what a fabulous garden, I love the sitting areas. I can’t get over just how lush everything looks. I bet weeds wouldn’t stand a chance there, they’d be outcompeted by all those plants in no time! Clearly I need to move to Barbados…

  12. 23

    Wow…

    Speechless. Doesn’t happen often!

  13. 25

    Thanks for this.
    Stunning location with those trees and that slope.
    I wonder what the amazing spidery plant in front of the Colocasia is?
    Thanks and Best Wishes
    R

  14. 27

    Wendy said,

    What a lovely place! I bet you’ll be back again.

  15. 29

    Barbara H. said,

    As everyone has said, lovely garden. And lucky woman. Getting to talk to the creator of the garden is such a nice bonus – there’s always so much more to the story than the garden itself presents. Thanks, Deborah.


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