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  • The Harmonious Enjoyment Garden on Old Hope Road, St. Andrew, is now open to the public and persons will be asked to pay a small fee for admission into the facility.
  • “(It will cost) $150 for adults and $50 for children and students in school uniform,” Chairman of the Nature Preservation Foundation, Leslie Chung, told JIS News.
  • Mr. Chung pointed out that discounts can also be arranged for schools wishing to tour the gardens but this must be done ahead of time.

The Harmonious Enjoyment Garden on Old Hope Road, St. Andrew, is now open to the public and persons will be asked to pay a small fee for admission into the facility.

“(It will cost) $150 for adults and $50 for children and students in school uniform,” Chairman of the Nature Preservation Foundation, Leslie Chung, told JIS News.

Mr. Chung pointed out that discounts can also be arranged for schools wishing to tour the gardens but this must be done ahead of time.

The Nature Preservation Foundation is the entity tasked with managing the Royal Botanical Gardens where the Harmonious Enjoyment Garden is located.

According to the Chairman, the new fee structure is necessary because, “we have to continuously maintain the garden. The reality of the situation is that we are now going to put in 24-hour guard, surveillance cameras (and) tour guides in order to make it a meaningful experience.”

Since its opening to the public on Monday, September 7, Mr. Chung said the garden has already received patronage.

“It was a soft opening just so that the tour guides could get their experience. Even though it was back-to-school, we had quite a few adults. We opened a guest book and we have had rave comments,” he said.

Temporary signage outlining garden rules have also been established, a few of which read: “no marking”, “no picking of flowers or plants”, “no cutting of furniture”, and “no entering of fish pond”.

Opening hours for the garden are Monday to Friday, 10: 00 am to 4:00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am to 4: 00 pm.

The 600,000 square feet garden, a gift to Jamaica by the People’s Republic of China, was handed over to Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller on August 19.

It depicts the vast gardens of the Chinese emperors and members of the imperial family, and possesses several historical and oriental features.  It was constructed at a cost of more than $200 million.