Bermuda: Botanical Gardens and Spittal Pond

Bermuda Botanical Gardens
Bermuda Botanical Gardens

On our third day, Hurricane Kate passed close to Bermuda and we awoke to a wet and windy morning. It was also a public holiday (11th November) which meant that all museums were closed, so an outdoor attraction it had to be. The Botanical Gardens were within walking distance of our hotel – we got soaked on the way, and had to take shelter in the Cactus House when we arrived, but fortunately the weather perked up a bit after that and we enjoyed our visit.

The most interesting part was this memorial to John Lennon. He spent two months in Bermuda just before he died in 1980, and named his final album Double Fantasy after a freesia he admired in these gardens.

By lunchtime it was dry enough to have a picnic outdoors, after which we caught the bus a short distance to Spittal Pond Nature Reserve. Here, a circular walk takes you out along the coast and back alongside a brackish pond. It’s short, but has several points of interest.

Portuguese Rock is thought to have been carved by Portuguese survivors of a shipwreck. The original has long since weathered away, but a bronze cast now replaces it, reading “RP 1543” – Rex Portugaliae?

The Checkerboard is a large, flat rock surface with crosshatching. Man made, or carved by the sea? Who knows?

Nor do I know what these little creatures in the pools formed in the cracks are – sea slugs / snails?

After a final view of the sea, we turned inland to the pond – but the sea peeked through again later.

Not a bad day despite a hurricane passing close by!


29 thoughts on “Bermuda: Botanical Gardens and Spittal Pond

  1. nomad, interrupted January 20, 2016 / 13:22

    I’m glad you got a little bit of sunshine. I didn’t know that little fact about John Lennon. You have some beautiful shots there along the coast and in the botanical garden. 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh January 20, 2016 / 13:51

      Thanks. I didn’t know that about John Lennon before either. It’s actually nice to be remembering sunshine at the moment.


      • nomad, interrupted January 20, 2016 / 14:32

        I’m sure it is, Anabel. We’re at -8C right now, so it’s biting cold to walk out the door!


        • Anabel Marsh January 20, 2016 / 14:42

          Ooh, we’re not as cold as that! It got to about -2C last week but back above freezing now. Just grey and dank.

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  2. rosemaylily2014 January 20, 2016 / 13:42

    Glad you missed the hurricane Anabel! Am enjoying your photos of Bermuda as I knew so little about it before and certainly not that John Lennon had spent some time here. The gardens must have been very inspiring for music composition 🙂


  3. anotherday2paradise January 20, 2016 / 14:02

    Lovely photos, Anabel. Interesting facts about John Lennon and the freesia. Fascinating carved rocks and bronze plaque.


  4. joylovestravel January 20, 2016 / 15:00

    We get enough rain here – the last thing you want on holiday but at least the hurricane didn’t spoil your day Anabel!!


    • Anabel Marsh January 20, 2016 / 15:12

      No, just one wet morning to put up with, I can live with that!


  5. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) January 20, 2016 / 16:10

    Those sea creatures in the first picture look a bit like trilobites, but I’m pretty sure those are long extinct, and pointier/harder? I don’t blame you for not investigating further; arthropod-y things freak me out. Even googling them is a risk, because a picture of something horrible usually pops up.


    • Anabel Marsh January 20, 2016 / 16:26

      Yeah, didn’t want to poke them to see more, happy to leave them minding their own business!

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  6. Heyjude January 20, 2016 / 23:39

    AND a winter garden!! I love the floral guitar memorial. And the sea creatures.


    • Anabel Marsh January 20, 2016 / 23:50

      I wasn’t sure early November quite counted as winter!


      • Heyjude January 21, 2016 / 00:03

        Well strictly speaking it is Dec, Jan and Feb, but I count anything after the clocks go back as winter!


  7. jazzfeathers January 21, 2016 / 08:32

    Actually it looks like it was a fantastic day, after all.
    I like the Checkerboard. It’s kind of mysterious 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh January 21, 2016 / 08:40

      Yes, I was worried in the morning. It wasn’t exactly cold but it could have felt so if we’d got wet all day. Fortunately it cleared up and was a lovely afternoon.


  8. Birgit January 22, 2016 / 01:52

    This just looks like a glorious day despite the rain. You take such wonderful pictures


    • Anabel Marsh January 22, 2016 / 07:36

      Thanks – though the pictures are mostly (but not all) John. I’m quite good at being the director….


    • Anabel Marsh January 23, 2016 / 16:03

      Me neither, till I read about it in the guidebook before we went. It’s a lovely memorial.


  9. Lori L MacLaughlin January 24, 2016 / 03:18

    Lovely gardens. Glad you missed the hurricane. I wonder what those strange little creatures are?


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