|View of garden and house (partially hidden)|
Beside the walkways are whimsical touches such as unusual carvings of animals including sharks and snakes, a miniature village, Jurassic Park, and the Zen Garden.
At the far end is a waterfall, not less attractive
for being man-made. You can relax in comfortable seats near the waterfall,
soothed by the gentle sound of water, and take in the breathtaking vista of Montego
Bay and the Caribbean Sea. Stately
cedars and other native trees enhance the view.
|View of Montego Bay|
The Art Gallery and Gift Shop occupy rooms on the ground floor of the house. The Gift Shop was placed 1st among shops of this kind in Jamaica, mainly because all the merchandise is made locally and no pressure is put on visitors to buy. The Art Gallery is filled with paintings of flowers, people and scenery, by Ian and his son Ayale, who show great versatility.
The beauty of the garden is complemented by the friendliness and courteousness of the staff working there. My thanks to Tensie, who showed us around the garden, and to Marcia who came with us to Buckingham Primary School, where I was to do a book reading.