St. George Village Botanical Garden
St. George Village Botanical Garden (127 Estate St. George, Frederiksted, Saint Croix, USVI 00840) – located just off the Queen Mary Highway, this botanical garden has a number of collections, including over 1500 native and exotic species and varieties. It is are established in and around the restored buildings and stabilized ruins of a 19th century Danish sugar cane plantation and partially overlaps an Amerindian settlement which dates back almost 2,000 years. The Garden offers a variety of educational programs and activities that focus on the importance of plants and natural resources throughout human history. Island visitors and residents can experience a unique blend of St. Croix’s botanical, historical, and cultural heritage.
Within the grounds, there’s also a museum that’s housed in a restored colonial-era worker’s cottage that was originally part of the enslaved workers’ village. This exhibit chronicles the 2,000 year history of Estate St. George from its first occupants to the development as a contemporary public garden. Here visitors will see a display of artifacts from the early Amerindian settlers that occupied the site from about 100 A.D. to 1,000 A.D. There are also displays of various items from the Danish colonial era when the property operated as a sugarcane plantation.
Garden Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Tuesdays – Saturday) (closed on Sunday & Monday). Open any day a cruise ship is in port; Museum Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Tuesday – Friday, and on weekend days when a cruise ship is in port). Admission: $8 (adult), $6 (seniors), $1 (children 12 and under).