The Sunnyside garden sits high on a hill in just east of the Capital, St Georges, in Grenada. You must walk a broad, steep and uneven driveway to reach the gardens. Once again the garden is placed to take advantage of the best views. The true gardener for this property was a woman, who had her own money and a passion for plants. Today she is nearly 90, and unable to physically or mentally participate in the gardening. Her son, Randy and his family have taken over the care of the garden and are just beginning to manage it so cruise tours can visit. Many improvements are needed but there is a collection of plants and a treasure of designs built by decades of dedication.
Red-footed Tortoises, South American Parrots, local lizards, ponds of koi and tilapia live happily among the trees in the garden. Lipstick Palm, with the bright red trunk, grows in the Japanese garden.
Neem trees, the famous Indian pharmacy tree grows happily in the lawn. The Zoysia, a genus of creeping grasses grows in little hillocks down the side of the lawn. You step on it and sink in,
Randy doesn’t mow it and creates a lush green look, unlike anything I’ve seen before.
I hope this garden becomes a destination for visitors. The care and feeding of such a wide variety of plants is an enormous undertaking. The growing conditions are perfect with moisture, sun, and calm breezes right up until the hurricanes take it all out. Gardens survive because a gardener loves them.
“Overlooking the dramatic Mt. Parnassus valley with the Caribbean Sea to the West and the Atlantic Ocean to the South, it represents the fruit of the labors of Jean and Robin Renwick. The garden surrounds the 100-year-old Renwick family home, itself faithfully restored following its near destruction during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.” (website)