Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine January 2019 - Page 346

Ahhh...Ras Natango GALLERY & GARDEN Ahhh… is a family business located in the rural Jamaican community, Camrose. It is an approximate seven-mile drive up the mountain from the Montego Bay Cruise Port and Sam Sharpe Square. At an elevation of 2,000 feet above sea level, it boasts a most spectacular view of the city below. It was never the intention of artist, Ian Williams aka Ras Natango to open a tourism attraction in his home. It all started in 1990 after he purchased the property to build his home. He then discovered he had purchased a “cliffside”. He terraced the land using the stones that were already on hand. Ras Nantango felt, “if they can terrace the hillsides of Asia to grow rice, I can terrace this cliff to grow flowers.” With no soil to plant flowers in the terraced beds, he decided to compost and even today you’ll find two large compost heaps on his property. His house was designed and built into his cliffside on stilts (huge concrete columns), and the dream of Ahhh . . . began.