St. George Village Botanical Garden

St. George Village Botanical Garden

St. George Village Botanical Garden
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You can stroll amid the ruins of this 17-acre estate, a former 19th-century sugarcane plantation village, which contains varied ecosystems from semi-arid cactus to lush green rain forest.
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  • Josie
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    St. Croix Treasure
    The botanical gardens are a must see on St. Croix. Mary Ann (our tour guide) was excellent! If you can get a tour with her you'll have a great time. She is knowledgeable not only regarding the plants and trees but we learned a lot of valuable info about the history of both the estate and also the entire island. She made it fascinating for both young and old. If you're not used to the warm island weather, it's best to go early in the day.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 20, 2023
  • Joanna V
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful plants and interesting history
    The whole family enjoyed the gardens. There were lots of beautiful plants well labeled and lots of historical buildings from its plantation days. The museum exhibits were interesting. It was hot - I would recommend bringing water. The gift shop is very nice too.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Carol G
    Kokomo, Indiana37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!!
    I can see why this is a top visitor spot. The gardens are absolutely gorgeous. There's history of the sugar mill with signs on the old buildings/ruins. The walking is easy, and the photo opportunities endless. The staff we encountered were friendly and informative. Their gift shop has beautiful, locally made items. My husband and I would definitely go back.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Junina
    Northbrook, Illinois60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular gardens
    Wow, what a beautiful place! So lush, wonderful staff, and amazing surroundings. We went in the morning as soon as they opened at 9 am and would recommend doing this as by the time we were leaving around 11 am it was pretty hot. That said, there was plenty of shade and lots of benches and places to sit and rest a bit. If you forget to bring water, the gift shop has beverages for sail. It's also a great place to pick up items made on St. Croix.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 22, 2024
  • Cameron
    Deltaville, Virginia28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely must see visit
    A truly unexpected gem to find on the island. Truly amazing sea shell museum and orchid society exhibit. Offered a great learning and gorgeous surroundings. We will include this in all our return trips as a must see.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 28, 2024
  • Michelle
    Angola, Indiana7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice piece of history and gardens
    The gardens exceeded our expectations. It took about 1.5 hours to walk, was laid out very nice with markings and easy to follow trails. The overview provided by the gift shop employee before we started was very interesting. It was hot the morning we went but there was a breeze and plenty of shade. We enjoyed seeing the Plantation ruins as much as the beautiful vegetation. While we spend most of our time on the beaches of saint Croix, this was a nice alternative. Glad we checked it out!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 12, 2024
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,644 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The gardens exceeded our expectations! They are easy to find, right off of the main road, and there is free parking right in front of the entrance. The gift shop is not open, so you put the entry fee ($8) in a box and then take a map for a self-guided tour. You can choose from a long or short route through the gardens, and the map has numbers that correspond to the numbers on the signage for each checkpoint. There are many different beautiful gardens to see, including rainforest and desert, and everything is built around the ruins of a sugar mill. We really enjoyed ourselves!
Written April 1, 2021
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Patricia D
Weymouth, UK262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The gardens were very quiet when we visited which was a bonus as we practically had the place to ourselves. We used the self guided tour maps that gave us all the information that we needed. Stunning setting with lots of historical buildings and information . Very amused to find a “sausage tree” I thought sausages came from pigs and cows😂.
Well worth a visit if you want an experience where you can wander at your own pace. I’ve seen tours advertised for $50+ which seems extortionate when you can find all the info you need by yourself!!!
Written July 14, 2020
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GroovyM
Kobe, Japan299 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Glad we took the time to visit. Entrance fee was $10 per adult. The self guided walk takes about 30-60 minutes and wasn't difficult to follow. The buildings and key points on the map are all marked. We learned some about the Dainsh plantation history and the many plant species that have been brought here.
Written October 29, 2021
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David H
Cedar Falls, IA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
My wife and I have been to St. Croix several times before, but finally made it to the Botanical Gardens this year. The history of the plantation, the beautiful plantings, and the education of both botany and history was great. If you like to walk outside and enjoy nature (without chasing a golf ball) I highly recommend it. We will visit the garden agin.
Written June 4, 2020
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grace
New York City, NY9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Spent an afternoon there when the whole island was covered by the cloud of Sahara dust. It was so so amazing. I loved all the trees, flowers, seashell exhibit, plantation and mill remains. The director of the gardens was the coolest, friendliest person and the kitty that welcomed us was super cute and cuddly. Highly recommend for a relaxing and beautiful afternoon when the weather is overcast or you just need a break from all the sea related activities.
Written June 26, 2020
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suematt70
Meriden, CT400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
We arrived around 10:00 and did a self guided tour of the old sugar plantation grounds and historical ruins. As we read our guide brochure and the signs along the way we couldn’t believe the huge variety of plants which were native to many different places in the world and the history of the area. It is run by volunteers. We did tour the gardens a few years ago and thought it was run down, but this year it was pretty impressive. There are restrooms in two locations, benches throughout to sit and reflect, and many shady spots along the walking trail. We spent about two hours enjoying the natural beauty and learning much history as well.
Written February 21, 2021
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Bob M
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We spent about two hours meandering the 14 acre site. There are the ruins of a number of plantation buildings that punctuate gardens full of colorful and unusual flora. The placards around the grounds were all torn and falling apart - just laminated paper that can't survive the weather, so that was a disappointment, but just meandering around and soaking up the color and feeling the history of the place was great. There was a lot of history on display about how the sugar cane industry worked, and it gave a good window into how this industry exploited the labor of both slaves and indentured servants. It wasn't sweet working on a cane plantation, this was a good experience to see this.
Written February 18, 2022
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Michael W
Redding, CT1,113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit to these botanical gardens, although I must admit that we did find it a bit difficult to follow the map. I think a few directional signs could be added for little outlay and would make navigation so much easier. Nevertheless, it’s a great place to spend an hour or two, depending on which path you choose to take.
Written August 23, 2021
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J and G
Arizona19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
This is an amazingly gorgeous botanical garden steeped in history. A picture takers dream!
Spent a lovely 2 hours on a self guided tour and it was only $8 per person. We’re so glad we made this part of our trip.
Bring drinking water!
Written May 26, 2021
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LLoomis319
Rushville, NY31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We enjoyed our self-guided tour of the beautiful gardens. There were a few plants blooming and the guide map provided lots of information about the estate and the different garden settings. I am sure it is even more gorgeous in the summer.
Written March 23, 2020
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