Adopt a Spot
The Adopt a Spot program helps ensure the continued funding of the Staff Horticulturist and contributes to the maintenance and development of the Botanical Garden.
An annual gift for sponsorship of a special part of the Garden will be recognized with a sign designating the sponsor within the adopted plot, as well as on all our promotions and displays. All gifts are, of course, tax deductible.
Adopted Spots With Sponsors
Blacksmith’s Shop: Owen Harper and Catherine Blakely In honor of Lucy Tucker
Factory Crotons: Owen Harper and Catherine Blakely
Lime Kiln: Owen Harper and Catherine Blakely
Visitors’ Parking Lot: Monette Booth
Entrance and Royal Palm Drive: Douglas & Katharine Mockett In Memory of Al & Christina Mockett
Visitors’ Center Courtyard: Gary M. Lalor/Butler Bay Great House
Lath House: Elizabeth Keith
Visitors’ Center Pergola: Mr. & Mrs. Richard Bodine
Kitchen Garden: Dennis and Carol Dickerson
Laura’s Garden: Janet Vollmer
Fabulous Trees: Mary & Lea Ann Robson. In memory of Pat Robson
Bromeliad Garden: Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Tobin
Stone Bridge: Martha Sullivan; In Memory of Gary Thomson
Mango Moon Bridge: Bob & Joanne White
Dry Growing Palms: Jeff & Patricia Ward in Memory of Katharine Jennings Ward
Danish Cemetery: Sandi Savage
Great Lawn: Mr. Richard G. Harris in Memory of Dorothy Lowe Harris
Sweet Lime Walk: Marc & Sandra Piccierri in Memory of Sylvia I. Adams
Fountain Courtyard: In Memory of Robert A. Johnson
St. George Village Museum: Gary & Ava-Gail Bourdon
Orchid House Area: Mr. David Steinmann in Memory of Derick O. Steinmann
South West Workers’ Village: Helen Engelhardt
Upper Bromeliad Garden: In Memory of William Ralph Hall
Nursery: Ms. Jessica Spacil
Bougainvillea Garden: In Memory of Allan E. Neal
North East Workers’ Village: In Memory of Anne Castruccio
Fragrance Garden: Joan & Rod Naro
Wedding Garden: Mr. & Mrs. Charles Gachot
Fern Garden: In Memory of Merle Blumke
Ginger Garden: Jeff & Patricia Ward In honor of Katharine Jennings Ward
Upper Tropical Rainforest: In Memory of Frederick S. Steinmann
Lower Tropical Rainforest: Mrs. Constance Hadala in Memory of Walter S. Hadala, Sr.
East Naturalized Forest: Mr. Richard G. Harris in Memory of Helena K. Harris
Conservation Garden: Mrs. Sonya Hough In Memory of David Hough
Tropical Fruit Orchard: Dr. Thomas Zimmerman
West Indian Vegetable Garden: Warren & Barbara Wylie
James’ Garden: James Marius
Medicinal Herb Garden: Harris and Peggy Baseman
Manager’s House: Barbara & Charles Gachot in Loving Memory of Sandy Gachot
Cactus Garden South: Drs. Francis & Patricia Scola
Library Area: Capt. & Mrs. Stiles F. Stevens
Mint Gut East Bank: In Honor of The Reef Community
Spots Available for Adoption
North West Workers’ Village
This portion of the slave and workers’ village features many flowering vines, shrubs and trees amongst the ruins of the Danish-era cottages. Of special interest are varieties of Pereskia and Jatropha.
A collection of some of the most primitive of plant forms. Cycads have existed relatively unchanged for over 20 million years. These living fossils were the dominant plant type during the age of the dinosaurs.
West Naturalized Forest
This natural area along Mint Gut is an excellent example of the moist, semi-evergreen forest of St. Croix. Here, visitors will find our tallest specimen of our native Kapok Tree.
Here visitors can get a close look at a deadwood termite colony. This impressive sized mound is a good example of the work of the industrious insects. While they can be very destructive, this area allows visitors to learn about the important role termintes play in a natural system.
The remains of the plantation-era mill are one of the few examples of this type of mill on St. Croix. It is a cool, shady area with a bench from which visitors may enjoy views of the cactus garden and factory ruins.
Thatch and Weaving Garden
One of the Heritage Gardens, this collection of trees an shrubs are examples of plants valued for the fibers produced from their leaves and stems. Plants like cotton, sisal, and palms were used for making baskets, rope, and clothing.
Dye and Tanning Garden
Part of the Heritage Gardens, this area includes tree and shrubs that were utilized in creating color dyes for fabrics or in preparing leather.
Economically Useful Palms
A collection of mature palms valued for producing many economically important materials such as food, fiber, oils and wax.
A collection of over 40 species of trees native to St. Croix. This collection serves to show residents and visitors attractive examples of trees that can be planted to help preserve the natural diversity that makes St. Croix unique.
Mint Gut West Bank (Three Giants)
Mint Gut curves around this slope along the western edge. The three giants are specimen trees of saman, kapok and sandbox, which create a dramatic focal point in this area that will soon be enhanced by colorful tropical plantings.