Visitors to the Cayman Botanical Park will see seasonally flooded Buttonwood swamps; fresh water ponds; Mahogany forest; cactus/agave thickets; native palms including the endemic Coccothrinax proctorii; grassy meadows; and many epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, ferns and cacti.
Much wildlife is also found in the preserve area of the Cayman Botanic Park including fresh water turtles, lizards, agoutis, land crabs, butterflies, the endemic Blue Iguana and the endemic subspecies of the Cuban Parrot.
The Grand Cayman Botanical Park features a Visitors Center. The first stop at the Cayman Islands Botanic Park is the Visitors' Center. Designed in a contemporary West Indian style, the Visitors' Cayman Islands Botanic Park Centrex houses visitor orientation & information, a reception room with changing exhibits, gift shop, classroom and administrative offices. A small cafe is part of the Visitors' Centrex complex.
The Cayman Botanic Park Heritage Garden is a recreation of a traditional Cayman homesite. The Garden features an original restored turn-of-the-century Caymanian farm house complete with original furnishings, cook room, cistern, out buildings, fences and dry walls built of old coral. Much research in traditional plants based on the recollections of elderly Caymanians and documents in the National Archives has taken place. A traditional sand garden with old-time ornamentals surrounds the house. The grounds include traditional vegetables, herbs, medicinal and fibre plants. Adjacent to the sand garden is a collection of traditional fruit trees.
Cayman Islands Botanic Park Floral Color Garden -The two and one-half acre Floral Color Garden is an explosion of tropical color Situated next to the Lake, the Floral Color Garden is a series of gardens based on color Beginning with pink, the visitor then walks through gardens of red, orange, yellow, white, blue, purple and lavender. The garden also features several water lily pond, lush lawns, a Tea House and a waterfall.
Grand Cayman Botanical Park Lake -- Two acres in size with three islands of native vegetation, the Lake has become an important site for native aquatic birds including the rare West Indian Whistling Duck. The Lake is a quiet restful spot to relax and enjoy the natural environment.
Cayman Blue Iguana Captive Breeding and Reintroduction Facility -- Funded by the World Wildlife Fund (UK), the Cayman Botanic Park houses a captive breeding and reintroduction facility for the endemic and highly endangered Blue Iguana (Cyclura nubila lewisi). The facility is not open to the public; however, a couple of iguanas are on display in a large open air compound near the entrance to the Woodland Trail.
Cayman Islands Botanic Park Regional Collections - The main focus of the Park's plant collections, aside from native flora, is the lowland seasonal flora of the West Indies (especially the Greater Antilles). The Regional Collections contain documented wild plants arranged according to island of nativity. These collections concentrate on Palms, Cycads, Cacti, Agave (and other succulents), Orchids, Bromeliads, etc. A long-term project, the Regional Collections will open to the public in late 1998.
Conservation Programs -- the Cayman Islands Botanic Park has developed several ex-situ conservation programs for endemic flora such as: Hohenbergia caymanensis, Pisonia margaretea, Verbesina caymanensis, Caesalpinia bonduc var. caymanensis plus rare native non-endemics such as Buxus bahamensis and Terminalia eriostachya.
All seasonal displays along the Woodland Trail are natural. The showy endemic orchid Schomburgkia thomsoniana blooms spectacularly in June, other orchid species bloom at different times of the year. During the rainy season (June through November) large areas of the Park flood to depths up to 4 feet deep creating magical displays of water, light and shadows. In the summer Agave sobolifera puts up 25 - 30 foot spikes topped with masses of yellow flowers. Floral Color Garden floral displays change constantly as the seasons progress. The Floral Garden is a mass of blooming and colorful plants providing floral displays every day of the year.
The Cayman Botanical Park Gift shop at the Grand Cayman Botanic Park features quality nature and garden related items including books, clothing, children's games and toys, local jams and jellies, posters, etc.
Classes offered to the public at Cayman Botanic Park:
please contact the Grand Cayman Botanic Park to learn what classes and workshops are currently being offered.
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