Saba’s ‘Ethno-Botanical Garden’
The Saba conservation foundation Ethno-Botanical Garden was formally openened by princess Beatrix of the Netherlands of the Netherlands during her visit to Saba in 2019. The Garden is located next to the trail shop in Windwardside.
What makes an ‘Ethno-Botanical Garden’?
While exploring the garden you will learn about introduced and indigenous plants that have been used by generations of locals for food, crafts, and medicine. A large representation of Saba’s unique flora occurs naturally in this area, and other species from similar Saba habitats were added, providing a broad overview of the island’s variety, shaping Saba’s landscape over centuries. By sharing traditional knowledge, we intend to conserve the island’s terrestrial biodiversity and preserve local culture that might otherwise be lost in the future. Exhibits and signage explain the characteristics, customary uses and cultural significance of each featured specimen. The path loops through a ravine, known locally as Banana or Breadfruit Gut, which was farmed until the 1970s. The man-made terraces, rock steps, wild tannia, breadfruit and bananas herald from eras past of Saba agriculture.