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Botanic Garden: J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens, established in 1979, are a cool and peaceful refuge located in the centre of Road Town. The four-acre gardens include indigenous and exotic tropical plants, and are managed by the National Parks Trust. In partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a strategy was developed to give more focus to conservation and education. Several threatened native species have been established in cultivation in the J R O’Neal Botanic Garden by members of RBG Kew’s conservation team. These include the scrambling cactus, Leptocereus quadricostatus, and Malpighia woodburyana. The Gardens were badly damaged by Hurricane Earl in August 2010. Sixty-six mature trees were uprooted or damaged. The nursery, fern house and pergolas were damaged. The gardens remained closed during clean-up operations until November 2010.

Entrance to J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens, in Road Town, Tortola

© Dr Mike Pienkowski
(Projects / Conservation Actions, 9 of 21 - Slide ref. 546)