St. George Village
St. George Village Botanical Garden of St. Croix is located on a sixteen acre site just off the Queen Mary Highway. The botanical collections, including over 1500 native and exotic species and varieties, are established in and around the restored buildings and stabilized ruins of a 19th century Danish sugar cane plantation and partially overlap an Amerindian settlement which dates back almost 2,000 years.
The present day St. George Village Botanical Garden overlaps a 23 acre Amerindian site that was settled around 100 A.D. These early settlers made their way up the island chain from the Saladero site in the basin of the Orinoco River in present-day Venezuela. These Saladoid peoples were skilled horticulturists who had already been cultivating cassava for centuries. The Saladoid culture and later groups carried many crops (such as peanuts, hot peppers, sweet potatoes, and pineapples) with them from South America through the island chain. Very likely, these Amerindians selected the St. George site because the fresh water stream that is now Mint Gut would have given them access to the south shore via canoe. The Saladoid inhabitants occupied this site until about 1,000 A.D. when they apparently dispersed to other island locations.
St. George offers island visitors and residents a unique blend of St. Croix’s botanical, historical, and cultural heritage.