We can think of no better place to visit for Earth Day than the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in North Side.

This Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a huge plant sale at the park along with free Blue Iguana and Guided Nature tours, food and drinks and activities for everyone to enjoy.

The entrance fee is only $5 for adults and children under the age of 16 are free.

Get some barbecue food and watch the potting demonstrations, so when you get home, you can start planting trees of your own.

Whether you’ve visited the park many times before, or this is your first time, you’ll always discover something new and wonderful. Spend Earth Day surrounded by plants and animals, just as Mother Nature intended.

Find the fountain surrounded by lily pads. - Photos: Stephen Clarke
Find the fountain surrounded by lily pads. – Photos: Stephen Clarke

Botanic Park

From the park’s website: Enjoy a leisurely walk through colorful gardens, botanic, lake and nature displays. Stroll through Heritage Garden, enjoy the Tea House with its panoramic views, and the lake area which forms a natural habitat for the Cayman Blue Iguana and breeding ground for a variety of rare aquatic birds and animals native to the Caribbean.

When Queen Elizabeth II opened Grand Cayman’s Botanic Park in 1994, only the Woodland Trail was complete. In the ensuing years, the grounds have grown and developed into the full fledged world-class facility that is operating today.

Just follow the signs.
Just follow the signs.

In 2008, the Botanic Park was invited to design an entry for the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, and the result was the Silver-award winning entry, The Heritage Garden. The following year, the Botanic Park returned to Chelsea to improve on its first entry and as a result the “Cayman Islands Undersea Reef Garden” achieved a gold medal in the show’s floral category, along with the President’s Most Creative Award

The Botanic Park is owned jointly by the Cayman Islands Government and the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, a non-profit, statutory body dedicated to preserving natural environments and Places of historic significance in the Cayman Islands for present and future generations.

The Botanic Park is located in the district of North Side on Frank Sound Road.

For more information on this event and others, see www.botanic-park.ky.