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On the east of the town are the beautiful Botanical Gardens (also called the Botanic Gardens). Planting of the 16ha land, formerly a sugar plantation, began in 1890. The original idea for the gardens was an economic one, propagating crop seedlings for the island’s farmers. The ornamental gardens of today are the result of the lifelong work of Joseph Jones, who managed their development from 1892. Botanists from Kew Gardens in England supplied a profusion of tropical species that they had collected from all over the world, thereby transforming the gardens from a purely functional nursery to an attractive landscape of exotic trees and shrubs. Ornately decorated iron gates were put up, ponds were created and over 80 species of palm were also added. Part of the gardens was later lawned and set aside for a cricket ground and small pavilion.


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