Our first visit to the Gardens had a bonus attached, Mango Melee was in full swing. In addition to being St. Croix's botanical garden, St. George Village also hosts a number events throughout the year. On this weekend in early July, they hosted an event called Mango Melee. The Gardens provide a perfect backdrop to this or any event, so check out their website and on-line calendar. By happening by on this particular weekend we were able to enjoy the gardens, the plantations buildings and all the plantings as well as areas where local crafters were selling all kinds of items made "on island", farms were displaying and selling magnificent tropical fruits grown locally and stands selling freshly blended fruit juices as well as other foods and snacks. A number of activities also took place including mango eating contests and DJs playing music and inviting the crowds to line dance. The atmosphere was very welcoming and open and everyone in our family had a grand time. Advice: Bring your camera and a tripod. This is a perfect place to take some family, friend or couple portraits. Additionally, the Gardens are well worth a visit regardless if anything else is planned on site.
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