Mamiku gardens is a part of the 22 acre Mamiku estate. It is a botanical paradise surrounding the hilltop ruins of the Micoud Estate. It is just under half way up the Atlantic side of the island along the Micoud highway near Mon Repos, Praslin and is open 7 days a week from 9 till 5.
The gardens are more wild than some of the other botanical gardens in Saint Lucia and if you like manicured lawns and labelled plants then this is probably not for you.
Parts of the garden are disabled accessible and their is a handicapped bathroom.
Below: The Orchid display at Mamiku is quite incredible.
There is plenty of parking set back from the road, with a souvenir shop and cafe, the Brigand’s bar. At the time of writing entrance is EC$ 6 or $8 for a guided tour.
The gardens are inspiring and the Mystic Garden, one of the most outstanding features is the three species of bay leaf found growing there. Here, some of the fifty thousand species of orchids found world-wide are nurtured to glorious display.
Below: As you move along the paved path, an arrow points to a set of stone steps shaded by tall trees.
The steps lead to the Secret Garden where many wondrous beauties are to be found.
What to see and do at Mamiku gardens:
Mamiku is divided into separate areas connected by woodland walks:
- Mystic orchid gardens
- Take one of the four guided tours
- Grandpa's old house
- The medicinal herb garden
- The secret garden
- Casse rain forest and spring
- Veronica's garden
Butterflies and birds are in abundance and the Mamiku guides are knowledgeable and patient.
Below: The ruins in Mamiku gardens.
Grandpa’s Garden, a medicinal herb sanctuary with plots of locally and renowned plants such as the Noni Tree which is rumoured to be the “cure for all” with people travelling hundreds of miles just to get one leaf.
Veronica’s Garden is a quaint little place named after the present owner of the estate and a sundial in the heart of it transports its guests, not only to a different place but a different era. It’s perfect for any special occasion, especially a wedding.
The History of Mamiku:
The history of Mamiku starts nearly 250 years ago in 1766 when Baron de Micoud purchased the “Union de Micoud” Estate.
Baron Micoud, an 18th-century colonel in the French Army and governor general of St. Lucia, deeded the land to his wife, Madame de Micoud, to avoid confiscation by the British during one of the many times when St. Lucia changed hands. Locals abbreviated her name to "Ma Micoud," which, over time, became "Mamiku." The estate did, for a time, become a British military outpost and was host to some fierce battles.
In 1796, but shortly thereafter was burned to the ground by slaves during the Brigand's War. The estate is now primarily a banana plantation, but the gardens themselves—including several secluded or "secret" gardens—are filled with tropical flowers and plants, delicate orchids, and fragrant herbs.
Below: The Brigands bar, serving tea, coffee and snacks.
Restrooms and free Wifi are available and Brigands bar serves snacks and refreshments.
How to get to Mamiku gardens:
Take the Atlantic coast Micoud highway north towards Praslin, the gardens are just off the main road.
Address: Mon Repos, St Lucia
ECD$ - 20 per person.
The tours take between 6 and 20 people, most take around 3 hours and need to be booked at least three days in advance.
Open: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.