The St. George Village Botanical Garden is a proud member of the Virgins Islands Rare Plant Initiative (VIRPE), a collaborative effort on the islands of St. Croix. St. Thomas, and St. John to identify, collect, and propagate threatened or endangered plant species. The goal of this important initiative is to preserve and protect our botanical heritage for current and future generations. Through careful digital cataloging of plants and location, we share our ongoing work nationally and internationally with other botanical gardens in order to expand knowledge and collaborative research. By displaying these native species within our Garden, we raise awareness and educate visitors in the plants’ local and traditional uses for medicine, food, and clothing. Ultimately, by distributing these plants to residents across the Virgin Islands for their own gardens, we help ensure the preservation and cultivation of our unique botanical legacy.
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