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“It is an unique botanic garden” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. George Village Botanical Garden

St. George Village Botanical Garden
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Owner description: 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.
Belleville, Illinois
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165 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“It is an unique botanic garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

St George Village botanical garden is very unique botanic garden because it is in the ruins of 19th century Danish sugar cane plantation. It is not the place that you are looking for exotic flowers, but appreciate over 1500 native exotic plants. I highly recommend to take the tour in the garden. It was very educational and interesting. I like the most are those unusual trees, which I did not see in any other places, such as sausage tree and cannonball tree. I was also interested in the usage of each plant in the medicinal herb garden. The plants are around the remains of the original plantation buildings and the cemetery. It is a very beautiful place to combine the history and nature.

Visited January 2014
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  • Danish first
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English first
Festus, Missouri
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44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“St. George Village Botanical Garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

This attraction was one of the best things we did on a nine day vacation, that included St. Thomas, St. Johns, Water Island, and Old San Juan Puerto Rico.

The botanical gardens are set in the ruins of a plantation that has been both a cattle ranch and a sugar plantation. The plantings are mixed around the remains of the original buildings and the cemetery. It is a very beautiful place and has some extroardinary plants. The history of ownership is listed in the small museum building along with a video of how both cattle and sugar plantations were operated. You can chose one of two guided tours or just walk the property on your own with the tour maps and explanations of the areas.

The property has a gentle roll and it is fairly easy walking to tour the entire area. We were very pleased and it was well worth the $8 admission. Note: The Garmin did not locate it accurately. If you are coming from the airport, take a right on the main road and it is less than a quarter of a mile on the left to the turn off.

Visited February 2014
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Massachusetts
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful,peaceful gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Enjoyed our visit to the gardens. Only a few people that day so we pretty much had it to ourselves. Beautiful setting and gardens.

Visited January 2014
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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful Gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Gorgeous flowers, trees and bushes nestled among a former working sugar plantation. History and horticulture combined make for a wonderful visit. Allow 1-1.5 hours there

Visited January 2014
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East Granby, Connecticut
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58 reviews
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“Excellant tour guide! Sweeney sr.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is the best tour on the island. Make sure that you get Sweeney Sr. He is so informative and funny. You won't be sorry!

Visited December 2013
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