Palm Grove Gardens is actually a private property but its owner, Sir David Gibbons, graciously opens it for members of the public to enjoy. Sir David is a former Premier and a member of the prominent Gibbons family, owners of the companies such as Capital G and the Gibbons Company department store.
As its name suggests the large garden is home to a variety of palms. Throughout the grounds you will see endemic Bermuda palmettos and invasive species such as European fan, Fiji and Cuban royal palms. You will also see a delightful wishing well, a romantic moongate and an aviary housing parrots and toucans. The garden however, is most noted for its unique pond which features a grassy relief of Bermuda at its centre.
You can also wander down to the rocky shoreline. To your right there’s the Ariel Sands hotel (now closed). Look out to the ocean and you’ll see a sculpture of Ariel rising out of the wave. It was created by American artist Seward Johnson, a cousin of actor Michael Douglas, one of the hotel’s owners.
Palm Grove Gardens is open to the public Monday to Thursday only, from 9 am to 5 pm. There is no admission fee. Please bear in mind while visiting that the house is a private family home.
Palm Grove Garden is located on the South Road in Devonshire Parish. From Hamilton it is the next turning on the right after the entrance to the Ariel Sands hotel. Bus number 1 runs between Hamilton and St George, and stops outside the property.