It includes the Seven Ponds (the Place of Heroes), which is the burial sites of
- Governor-General David Rose
- President Desmond Hoyte
- President Arthur Chung
- poet Martin Carter
- in a separate nearby mausoleum: Prime Minister Forbes Burnham
It was founded in the late 19th century, during the time of British Guiana, on an abandoned sugar estate, Plantation Vlissengen. At the time, it was at the eastern end of the city limits. An early garden superintendent was botanist George Samuel Jenman.
The other public garden in Georgetown is the smaller Promenade Gardens downtown.