During the late 1800s, thanks to the success of a number of industries — wrecking, sponging and agriculture among them — Green Turtle Cay enjoyed a true golden age.
The streets of New Plymouth were lined with grand homes, two and three stories tall. Each yard boasted a lush garden overflowing with bougainvillea, frangipani, hibiscus, and night-blooming jasmine.
Oil Painting by Alton Lowe
Perhaps not surprising, given that their British ancestors valued the flower for its beauty and perfume and used it to make medicines and teas, many Loyalist gardens in Abaco featured roses. Prized varieties were passed on by family members and neighbours.
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Bougainvillea blooms – Green Turtle Cay
Purple bougainvillea, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.
Pink bougainvillea at the Lowe Art Gallery gardens.
Gingerbread cottage – Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas.
Bougainvillea blossoms in the Lowe Art Gallery Garden – Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.
Bougainvillea in bloom in the garden of the Lowe Art Gallery – Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.
Orange bougainvillea, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.
Bougainvillea in Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.