The Dominica Botanic Gardens (DBG) partners with Rebuild Dominica, Inc for 2019. As the first of its kind in the Caribbean, DBG was formed through a collaboration and from the recommendations of the Diaspora Policy Paper prepared by the Dominica Academy of Arts and Science (DAAS) for the Dominica Government, and delivered in October 2004.
According to the DBG About page, “one of the recommendations was the improvement of the Botanic Gardens — as a retreat where Dominicans can appreciate and enjoy nature, as a national gem we can be proud of, and as an important tourist attraction. These improvements would include replanting the exotic trees destroyed by Hurricane David or which died from disease, re-establishing the economic crops section, reopening the Upper Garden Path and Jackswalk, and developing specialized mini-gardens such as heliconia, anthurium, rose and orchid mini-gardens, among other initiatives.”
The DBG website showcases the Gardens and its potential, for the benefit of local and international Botanic Gardens enthusiasts, and then to be a vehicle for the redevelopment and maintenance of the Gardens.
DBG acknowledges the assistance of personnel from Kew Gardens, the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), and the Forestry Division of Dominica. This includes acknowledgement of the contribution of Dr Dennis Adams, former Botany Professor at the University of the West Indies, Dr Dan Nicolson of the Smithsonian Institution and author of Flora of Dominica, Part 2: Dicotyledoneae, Ms. Suzanne Sharrock of BGCI, and Mr. Colin Bully of Dominica, a past Curator of the Gardens. Mr. Eric Hypolite of the Dominica Forestry Division and Dr. Loudes Rico of Kew helped with plant identification.
Rebuild Dominica, Inc invites all to learn more by visiting www.dominicagardens.com.