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Pedro St James reopens to public after ‘extensive clean-up’

Cayman's historic site Pedro St. James has reopened to the public after suffering damage caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Grace; however, its sister tourist attraction, the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, remains closed indefinitely.

Botanic Park, businesses still dealing with post-Tropical Storm Grace damage

Clean-ups are continuing across Grand Cayman as debris left in the wake of Tropical Storm Grace remains to be cleared in some areas.

Orchid thieves swipe recovering blooms from Botanic Park

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park have issued an appeal for the return of two ‘Chocolate Orchids’ recently stolen from the attraction's Orchid Boardwalk.

Botanic Park hosts Family Fun Day

The upcoming public holiday weekend hails the arrival of Family Fun Day, an annual event held at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, in...

Stamps showcase Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

The Cayman Islands Postal Service's latest stamp issue highlights the flora and fauna of the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.

Update: Planning board approves hydroponic farm application

A company called Botanic Farms is seeking planning permission to open a hydroponic farm, which will include a shop, storage and packaging areas, greenhouse buildings and water tanks.

Artist’s nests at Botanic Park not just for the birds

Artist Tansy Maki has created some spectacular murals and sculptures that can be seen throughout Cayman.

Blue iguana warden leaves a lasting impression

The Costa Rican native, who has been the head warden of blue iguanas at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park since 2009, is retiring from his job, but is certainly not resting on his laurels.

Inspired by good news 

Friday’s Compass (17 July) was one of the most uplifting and encouraging papers I have ever read. Of course, we are all delighted with...

National Attractions set to reopen on Constitution Day

More COVID-19 restrictions lifted on Sunday, allowing for summer camps to begin and indoor dining to be allowed at restaurants. Families looking to get out...

Orchid sale for flora lovers

The Cayman Islands Orchid Society, together with the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, is presently taking orders for an extraordinary selection of exotic orchids...

Family Fun Day raises funds for Children’s Garden

More than 1,100 visitors descended on the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park for its annual Family Fun Day, which raised at least $7,000 for the park’s new Children’s Garden.

Garden Club to hold Family Fun Day

The Garden Club of Grand Cayman will hold its annual Family Fun Day at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on Sunday, 26 Jan.

Lumber from Cayman’s airport A-frame finds new home

In 2017, new security regulations meant the open-air gallery had to be permanently enclosed, so the iconic cedar wood ‘A’ frame, which had stood in place for more than 35 years, was torn down and replaced with glass, steel beams and iron rods. However, not all the wood was destined for the scrap pile. The Cayman Islands Airports Authority teamed up with McAlpine Ltd. to donate several large pieces of the lumber to make benches for the Children’s Garden at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.
Blue Iguana

Groundwork begins for 2020-2025 blue iguana recovery plan

Work has started on laying the foundation for the National Trust’s 2020-2025 Species Recovery Plan for Cayman’s blue iguana. The Trust, in a media statement Tuesday, said it held its first comprehensive planning exercise for the initiative through an intensive three-day workshop recently.

Botanic Park to close for day of culling

For the first time, the management of the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is seeking official help to cull green iguanas.

Children’s Garden Grow Zone completed

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park’s Children’s Garden now has a ‘Grow Zone’.

Cayman’s wild banana orchid in full bloom

Cayman’s national flower, the wild banana orchid, is blooming ‘en masse’ at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.

Botanic Park gets picture of blue iguana and Prince Charles

A framed picture of Prince Charles, 70, carefully stroking a rare blue iguana has been presented to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park by Pinnacle Media.

Orchid Show ready to bloom this weekend

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and the Cayman Islands Orchid Society are inviting the public to the annual Orchid Show and Fundraising Sale this weekend.

National Trust to hold birding tour

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands is inviting families to take part in an ‘intimate birding tour’ through the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park this weekend.

Prince Charles and Camilla begin Caribbean tour

The Caribbean tour of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, is under way, with the royal couple spending Tuesday on the beaches of Barbados on their way to Cayman next week.

Botanic Park Family Fun Day

Are you looking for something fun to do with the family while getting them out into the fresh air? The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park has just the answer when it hosts its annual Family Fun Day, in partnership with the Garden Club of Grand Cayman.

Garden Club spreads festive cheer at Botanic Park

Members of the Cayman Garden Club decorated the gardens of the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and spread some festive cheer on Tuesday.

Work begins on education center for Botanic Park Children’s Garden

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park has started construction of the Rotary Education Centre on the site of its newest attraction, the Children’s Garden.

Captive-bred parrots released into the wild at Botanic Park

Four colorful Cayman parrots were released into the wild at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park Colour Garden on Saturday.

Botanic children’s park receives $20,000 from Clarke

The Children’s Garden at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in North Side is the recipient of US$20,000 from Clarke’s One For Tomorrow Next Gen Award program.

Exotic and native trees on display at Botanic Park

Go for the blue iguanas. Stay for the exotic trees.

World’s largest orchid in bloom at Botanic Park

A Grammatophyllum speciosum, believed to be the largest species of orchid in the world, is flowering at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.

Blue iguanas released into Botanic Park

Twelve blue iguanas were released back into the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on Thursday, doubling the park’s resident population and signaling the end of a long journey.

Rotary to help build Botanic Park’s children’s center

The Rotary Clubs of the Cayman Islands are partnering with the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park to develop the park’s Children’s Education Centre. At a presentation ceremony at Rotary Central Cayman in Centennial Park in George Town on Saturday, June 30, the three local Rotary Clubs jointly committed $150,000 to help construct the facility.

Blue iguanas near milestone number in wild

Cayman’s blue iguana population is healthy and poised to reach a round number milestone in its renaissance from the threat of near-extinction. The Blue Iguana Recovery Program will release its 1,000th specimen into the wild at some point this summer, accomplishing a rare victory in the field of species conservation.

Cayman National sponsors Botanic Park

Cayman National, which is sponsoring the Botanic Park’s Children’s Garden project, recently made a donation toward constructing the Water Play Zone feature of the site.

Orchid Show continues to grow

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park’s Annual Orchid Show and plant sale was a huge success on Saturday.

Weekender Spotlight

Weekender Editor Vicki Wheaton shares the weekend's top events, including the return of the Botanic Park's Orchid Show and Off the Beaten Track at Tiki Beach. Looking for something different? Stay tuned to hear about touring Cayman's magical mangroves.

Orchids are in bloom at Botanic Park this weekend

There’s nothing like the beauty of nature surrounding you, and where better to truly appreciate it than the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park? Every year, the park celebrates those most glorious of flowers: orchids.

Orchid Show, plant sale return to Botanic Park

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and Cayman Islands Orchid Society are hosting the Annual Orchid Show and plant sale Saturday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

National Geographic touts Cayman’s hidden charms

It may only be 26 miles from end to end, but Grand Cayman and its charms were significant enough for a National Geographic publication to recommend an island road trip to its readers.

$1,500 donated to Children’s Garden

Members of the public and companies continue to donate money toward the creation of a Children’s Garden at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.

Boy donates birthday money to Children’s Garden

For the second consecutive year, 9-year-old Kaz Conolly Basdeo has donated all the money he received at his birthday party to the Children’s Garden development at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.

Bacteria linked to blue iguana deaths

Researchers in Grand Cayman are working to determine why 17 blue iguanas at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park have fallen ill or died over the past two years. The mystery began in May 2015 when a Blue Iguana Recovery Program staff member discovered a blue iguana with signs of lethargy at the park.

EDITORIAL – Breach of Trust: Why no word about threat to blue iguanas?

For two years, we now know, the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme and local veterinarians have been identifying and treating infected animals. So why is the public only learning about it now?

Ground broken for Children’s Garden at Botanic Park

A dedicated garden for children is being created at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in North Side. Park officials and politicians broke ground at the Children’s Garden on Wednesday. The garden covers almost an acre and is situated between the Visitor Centre and the Heritage Garden.

Botanic Park celebrates all things mango

Mangoes were the center of attention this month when the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park held its first mango fair. The event on July 1 was spearheaded by the Tourism Attraction Board to expand on the park’s annual tree sale.

Traditional Caymanian home open to public at Botanic Park

Rankine Heritage House, a Cayman sand yard home traditionally adorned with conch shells and white fences, is now open to the public at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park for viewing. Visitors can walk through the Caymanian home, which is more than 100 years old, and experience what life was like in those days.

Botanic Park plant sale this weekend

This Saturday North Side’s Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park will be having a nursery sale just in time for the rainy season, which is rapidly approaching. The sale is being held to mark the end of Earth Month.

Students gain gardening insight

A group of students from Clifton Hunter High School made a study visit to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park as part of their mini-gardens practical project last month.

New children’s garden taking shape at Botanic Park

The initial site preparations are nearly complete at the children’s garden at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in North Side. Workers from K.P. Heavy Equipment were wrapping up their work this week, setting the stage for the next phases of work to get under way.

Blue iguana sculpture marks entryway to Botanic park

A 600-pound Cayman Blue Iguana statue has been donated to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in North Side by two Wisconsin artists. The larger-than-life concrete and rebar sculpture has been placed at the park’s entrance as a star attraction to welcome visitors.

Contest puts spotlight on conservation

Students across Cayman are being invited to take part in a contest that will have the winners take part in the release of juvenile Cayman parrots into the wild this March. The Department of Environment, the Cayman Turtle Centre will be holding its annual Cayman parrot release on March 3.

Perfect weather makes for another successful family fun day

With the sun shining and cool breezes blowing, the Queen Elizabeth II Park in North Side was the scene of another successful family fun day, which was held in partnership with the Garden Club of Grand Cayman. A steady stream of close to 800 visitors passed through the park gates.

Garden Club of Grand Cayman gets set to celebrate 60th anniversary

As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, the Garden Club of Grand Cayman is partnering with the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic park for a fundraising event. “… We are proud to present a fun-filled family day this Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Botanic Park,” said the park’s manager, John Lawrus.

‘Queen of Orchids’: World’s largest orchid blooms in Cayman

The ‘Queen of Orchids’, Grammatophyllum speciosum, is starting to bloom at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. “Currently the flower spike is 3 to 5 feet in length, and may reach up to 7 to 8 feet in length,” said the park’s general manager, John Lawrus.

8-year-old donates birthday money to Botanic Park

The new Children’s Garden at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park recently received a boost from a local youngster, its youngest donor yet. At his 8th birthday party held on Sept. 18, Kaz Conolly Basdeo requested that friends give a small donation to the Children’s Garden at the Botanic Park rather than giving presents.

Children’s garden hopes to bring a science book to life

A new project planned for the Botanic Park has Cayman’s young people firmly at heart. Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park’s proposed Children’s Garden will be located close to the visitor center, allowing for quick and easy admission

Blue iguanas hatching at National Trust

Volunteers and staff put the plastic containers in the bottom of a bathtub before opening them up to meet Cayman’s newest blue iguanas. The endangered reptiles, as soon as they’re released from the containers that once protected the iguana eggs, start scrambling up the sides of the bathtub, following their natural instinct to find somewhere to hide.

Blue iguanas getting ready to hatch

It’s blue iguana nesting season, and from early indications there should be plenty of baby iguanas hatching over the next few months.

New Botanic Park rates aimed at wooing locals

It is now more affordable for Cayman Islands residents to visit North Side’s Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.

District updates: Mastic springs into fall

One of Grand Cayman’s more popular tourist attractions is exhibiting its “fall” appearance.

Earth Day at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

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

Celebrate Earth Day at the botanic park

North Side’s Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park will be marking Earth Day with a family friendly fair and plant sale this weekend.

Orchid show draws crowd

More than 900 people flocked to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park at the weekend to attend the annual Orchid Show.

Orchids bloom at Botanic Park show

Whether you are an avid gardener looking for advice on how to make the most of growing orchids at home, or if you just want to view the beautiful selection of orchids at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, this weekend’s Orchid Show is a fantastic opportunity to do both. Visitors can also buy their favorite variety to take home.

Beautiful bloom at Botanic Park

The Queen of Orchids, Grammatophyllum speciosum, is starting to bloom at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, General Manager John Lawrus said.

Family Fun Day at Botanic Park

The weather cooperated for the highly anticipated Family Fun Day at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in North Side. “Family Fun Day was an...

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