The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) on March 20th 2019 on Day Four of their official visit to the Caribbean. On his official tour of SVG, His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Charles visited the oldest botanical garden in the Western Hemisphere, the SVG Botanical Garden, where he was welcomed by Mr. Gordon Shallow, Curator (Ag.), Primary and Secondary school students, Scouts, Brownies, Girl Guides and patrons who came to have a glimpse of the Prince.
Cultural performances were provided by the Starlift Steel Orchestra and the Renaissance Dance Company who performed the Punta, a tradition dance of the Garifuna, one of the indigenous Peoples of SVG. The dance was accompanied by traditional Garifuna music. Following the cultural performances, HRH proceeded to plant a seedling of the Soufriere Tree (Spachea elegans), the national tree and flower of SVG.
Prince Charles was the third member of The Royal Family to plant a tree in the Garden. A Pink Poui (Tabebuia rosea) was planted by Earl of Wessex — Prince Edward on the 27th February 2012 and a Baobab (Adansonia digitata) was planted by The Duke of Sussex — Prince Harry on the 28th November 2016.