About Us

The Horticultural Services Division comprises of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Queen’s Park Savannah and the La Pastora Plant Propagation Station at Santa Cruz. The Division maintains and protect plant biodiversity of Trinidad and Tobago through the propagation and conservation of native plant species, the generation of living plant collections and introduction of appropriate non-native flora to the national landscape. Active and passive recreational opportunities are provided through the Botanic Gardens, Queen’s Park Savannah and Wild Flower Park and arboriculture works (management of trees) is facilitated on all state compounds/lands. The provision of technical advice/expertise in landscape restoration and rehabilitation is facilitated along with floriculture development through the propagation and dissemination of planting material.

Organization Chart at the Horticultural Services Division.

Objectives

  • To maintain and ensure the ex-situ conservation, protection and survival of the plant biodiversity of Trinidad and Tobago inclusive of propagation and production of plants that are rare, endangered, threatened or endemic.
  • To provide extensive public awareness, educational and training programmes which target both the youths and adults in our society to conserve and sustainably use botanic and plant diversity resources.
  • To facilitate an integrated programme of recreational and ecological resource management.
  • To restore and rehabilitate degraded landscapes where practical and required, inclusive of the conduct of monitoring programmes for ecosystems, plant species and their populations that are currently at risk or vulnerable.
  • To improve and enhance the plant biogenetic pool base of this country by the introduction of non-invasive plant species.
  • To conduct scientific research with emphasis on the evaluation of species of ecological importance or of economic, medicinal and other potential. Example, Landscape Usage.
  • To produce floral displays and manage the indoor/outdoor aesthetics for state functions, state compounds and selected high profile residences such as the Prime Minister's Residence and the President's Residence.
  • Arboricultural works all areas under the purview of the Division as well as on all government compounds and State Lands throughout Trinidad, emergency circumstances that may aris.
  • Administrative, managerial and developmental responsibilities for the Queen’s Park Savannah and Royal Botanic Gardens as to facilitate active and passive recreational opportunities for the wider population.
  • To facilitate the development of the local Horticulture Industry to achieve significantly greater local production of cut flowers, potted ornamentals, trees and foliage species.

Vision

The vision of the Horticultural Services Division is to create a division which effectively utilizes its improved capability and capacity to ensure that the Botanic Gardens, Queens Park Savannah and other satellite areas, have living specimens in the restoration of degraded landscapes and expanded the knowledge base of our variety of ecosystems and plant species through the conduct of botanical and horticultural research. Finally the Division will improve community knowledge and appreciation of plant biodiversity.

Mission

The Mission of the Horticultural Services Division is;
To facilitate and ensure the sustainable utilization of botanic landscapes and plant biodiversity which will enhance the development of agriculture, forestry, fishery and the ecotourism sectors for the socio-economic well-being of present and future generations.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Unit

The responsibilities of the Royal Botanic Gardens Unit includes the following which are reflected in the Recurrent Estimates 2011/2012.

  • Educational and training programmes including tours of Royal Botanic Gardens, plant interpretation, exhibitions, production of literature, training sessions, lectures and the procession of requests for information.
  • Facilitation of visitors service and special events in the Botanic Gardens.
  • Curation and maintenance of the Botanic Gardens including lawn maintenance, raking, sweeping of roadways, garbage collection, edging, pest and disease control, fertilizer application, irrigation, maintenance of signs, picnic areas, public toilets and other physical facilities and the establishment of new plants.
  • Production of floral displays for managing the indoor/outdoor aesthetics of state functions, state compounds and selected high profile residences, e.g. Prime Minister’s Residence and President’s House.

Click Here or Visit the Legal Unit to view the Botanic Gardens Act Chapter 41:03

 The Queen's Park Savannah Unit

The Queen's Park Savannah Unit is responsible for the following activities, which are reflected in the Recurrent Estimates 2012/2013.

  • Landscape rehabilitation services re: landscaping of government buildings, schools, degraded landscapes and state compounds.

  • Maintenance of the following compounds: Ministry of Food Production (Head Office), Wild Flower Park, President’s Playing Field and Project Coordinating Unit building on Serpentine Road, Queens Park Savannah.
  • Arboricultural works on all areas under the purview of the Division as well as on all government compounds and State Lands throughout Trinidad, and any other emergency circumstances that may arise.
  • Administrative responsibilities for the Queen’s Park Savannah.
  • Indoor and outdoor landscaping for government functions, seminars, symposia, workshops, training and education sessions, exhibitions and displays and lectures.
  • Provide sound/appropriate Landscape Extension Services to members of the public.

Click Here or Visit the Legal Unit to view the Queen’s Park Savannah Act Chapter 42:06

Research and Development Unit

The Research and Development Unit is mandated to the:

  • Conservation and preservation of indigenous flora to ensure the protection and survival of the plant biodiversity of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Introduction of appropriate new species and horticultural varieties to enhance the country’s plant biogenetic pool.
  • Conduct of scientific research with emphasis on the evaluation of species of ecological importance or of economic, medicinal and other potential.

Floriculture Unit

The Floriculture Unit is responsible for the following:

  • Propagation and maintenance of plant Germplasm of endemic, rare or threatened and native species as well as imported Germplasm acquired through the Index Seminum Programme.
  • Propagation, production and distribution of indigenous and other ornamental plants for Environment Horticultural Management Works (of the Landscape Management Unit), sale to other Government agencies e.g. Highways Beautification Unit, Ministry of Works contractors, other landscapers and the general public – Schools and other civic organizations.
  • Initial multiplication of native or indigenous material of value to the Floriculture Industry or other economic potential, with a view to facilitating industry development.
  • Production/maintenance of ornamental potted and bagged plants for short term loan to government offices, state functions, schools, for indoor and outdoor landscaping,
  • Production of traditional and non-traditional fruit tree crops.
  • Production of cut flowers for internal use.

 

Terms and Conditions for the Use of the Royal Botanic Garden of Trinidad and Tobago

Terms and Conditions for Use of the Royal Botanic Garden of Trinidad and Tobago

  • NO RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES PERMITTED IN THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO INCLUDING WEDDING CEREMONIES
  • NO DRIVING AND PARKING IS PERMITTED IN THE Royal Botanic Gardens
  • The collection and disposal of any and all garbage generated out of the event shall be your responsibility.
  • The Noise Level must be kept within the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) Noise Pollution Rules (2001).
  • There shall be no conflict with other users of the site.
  • The safety of all persons connected with you and your event shall be your responsibility

 

Terms and Conditions for the Use of the Queen's Park Savannah

  • Organizations shall be responsible for all insurance cover (public, personal and civil liability) to treat with any circumstance (s) which may arise out of use.
  • Organizations undertakes not to present alcohol at events.
  • NO DRIVING AND PARKING IS PERMITTED IN THE Queen's Park Savannah
  • Organization shall be responsible for the collection and disposal of all litter and garbage as arising out of events.
  • Product distribution will not include any item of glass or items in glass packaging.
  • There shall be no open or other fires.
  • The Noise Level must be kept within the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) Noise Pollution Rules (2001).
  • There shall be no conflict with other users of the site.
  • Users must not affix any notice or advertisement to any building, wall, fence, post or tree
  • Users must not cut, trim, uproot, damage or destroy any tree, shrub or plant

For the Sale of ornamental horticultural and limited fruit plant varieties service

 For the Sales of ornamental horticultural and limited fruit plant, Click Hereto download PDF

 

For Short term loan of potted plants and/or plants for indoor and outdoor décor,

For Short term loan of potted plants and/or plants for indoor and outdoor décorClick Here to Download PDF

 

Services offered by the Horticultural Services Division

  • Advisories and assessments on tree health, pruning and felling
  • Indoor office decor
  • Orientation and tour Guiding at Royal Botanic Gardens, Queen’s Park Savannah, Wild Flower Park /La Pastora Plant Propagation Station
  • Outdoor landscaping advisories.
  • Sale of ornamental horticultural and limited fruit plant varieties.
  • Short term loan of potted plants and/or plants for indoor and outdoor décor
  • Use of the Queen’s Park Savannah for passive and active recreation only
  • Use of the Royal Botanical Gardens of Trinidad and Tobago, or the Bandstand Facility or Wild Flower Park for passive recreation only
  • Use of La Pastora Plant Propagation Centre
  • Visitor Orientation and Tour Guiding in the Royal Botanic Gardens of Trinidad andTobago or Queen’s Park Savannah or WildFlower Park or at the La Pastora Plant Propagation Station (with demonstrations on plant propagation 
  • Provision of environmental education/public awareness/outreach programmes via exhibitions, tours, displays, lectures, training courses and the production of horticultural/educational material.
  • Maintenance and protection of the plant biodiversity of Trinidad and Tobago through the conservation of native plant material, the generation of living plant collections, the propagation of native species and introduction of appropriate new material to the national landscape.
  • Facilitate active and passive recreational opportunities by management of the amenity recreation and plant biodiversity of the Botanic Gardens, Queen’s Park Savannah and Wild Flower Park.
  • Pursue arboriculture works (management of trees) on all state compounds/lands, open savannahs, schools, civic and or other institutions.
  • Provision of technical advice/expertise in the areas of landscape restoration and rehabilitation.
  • Contribute in the Disaster Management in Trinidad and Tobago

For a Complete List of all the Services Offered along with obtaining these services click here

List of External Affiliates

  • Horticultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago (HSTT)
  • Orchid Society of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Friends of the Botanic Gardens Trinidad and Tobago (FOBGTT)
  • Garden Club of Trinidad and Tobago

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q. I would like to have my wedding at the Royal Botanic Gardens, is this allowed?

A. It is against the law to hold religious ceremonies at the Royal Botanic Gardens. You are however, free to use the Hollows area of the Queens Park Savannah instead. The Hollows has a similar feel to the Botanic Gardens and is usually used for wedding ceremonies.
You are allowed to take wedding photos in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

 

 Contact Information

Horticultural Services Division
Botanic Gardens, Cotton Hill, St. Clair
Tel: 622-1221 Ext 1101-1104, 622-6494
Fax: 622-9131