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Annual Meeting February 2016





attendeesOn Sunday, February, 21, 2016, the annual meeting of the St. George Village Botanical Garden of St. Croix, Inc. was held. Christine Thomas, Director of Administration and Development, opened the meeting and introduced Dewey Hollister, the Executive Director. The meeting was turned over to Sandy Radczenko, Treasurer, who introduced the current board members, determined a quorum was present, and presented the Treasurer’s Report.

After the Treasurer’s Report, Dewey Hollister gave his report and outlDewey Hollisterined coming attractions in the Garden. He thanked the volunteers and members contributions. He outlined plans for a memorial garden to David Hamada which is to be held March 18 and 19.  See Upcoming Events .
Executive Director’s Summary

Sandy Radczenko presented the ballot results. All nominees were elected to the Board. She introduced the new board members. The Board consists of Christi H. Garman, President; Patrice K. Gray, Vice President; Cynthia Goldberg, Secretary; Sandy Radczenko, Treasurer. Board members are Vicki Bandola, Claire Church, Lynne Kent, Scot McChain, and Suzanne Rosbach.

At this point the meeting was adjourned and the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon begun.

19th Annual Mango Melee

The 19th Annual Mango Melee was a great success. We want to thank all the sponsors, attendees, vendors, farmers, and volunteers who worked so hard to make this event possible. Read more 19th Annual Mango Melee

Annual Earth Day EcoFair

The 22nd Annual Earth Day EcoFair was held at the St. George Village Botanical Gardens on April 22 & 23, 2015. This event was organized by the St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA). Read how this was a wonderful educational experience for the 700 students who attended. Annual SEA Earth Day EcoFair

Our Living Legacy

On Sunday, March 22, 2015, a Celebration of the Crucian Connection between people and plants was held at the St. George Village Botanical Gardens. The Garden was filled with the sounds, scents, and beauty of Crucian culture that reflects the botanical heritage of our island.  see the day in review  Our Living Legacy

Channel 12 WTJX St. George Village Botanical Garden Review

Channel 12 WTJX will be doing a television show on the St. George Village Botanical Gardens on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 8:00 pm and on Sunday, March 15, at 7:00 pm on the Ritmo Del Doce show.

Tristen and Archie (camera crew) spent two hours in the Garden on Wednesday, March 4, with Robert Boyton who gave them a tour of the garden and answered questions concerning the history and role of the garden. The filming was done in the studio on March 5.

The show will be a 15 minute interview by Adriana Veliz and Jose Martinez Jr (interviewers) with Robert Boyton, President of the Board of Governors. Subjects covered include garden activities, history, horticulture, tours and goals for 2015.

Be sure to tune in.


Annual Membership Meeting and Volunteer Luncheon

Following is a brief synopsis of the Membership and Volunteer meeting held at the St. George Village Botanical Gardens in the Great Hall on February 22, 2015:

Larry Sickinger     Larry Sickinger, President, opened the meeting by welcoming the attendees and introducing the members of the present Board of Governors and the newly elected members. Board members include Robert Boyton, Larry Sickinger, Phylis Charles, Sandra Radczenko, Vicki Bandola, Claire Church, Michael Mengueau, Scot McChain, Robert Quinn, Miles Whitfield, and Nina York.

Sandy Radczenko, Treasurer, gave theTreasurer’s report and reported a small profit as an ending balance.

David Hamada, Executive Director, announced his resignation as of the beginning of April 2015. He said he has beenDavid 2 thinking about it for a while and had recently decided to move on to other things. He distributed a handout  showing how the Garden has continued to support the mission of Conservation and Education of the ethno-botanical heritage of St. Croix and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

The guest speaker, Christian Torres, Director of the Parque Dofia Innes in Puerto Rico, presented a slide show showing the diversity of the plants, trees, and flowers in the U. S. Virgin Islands. There are 11 species exclusive toChristian the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. He said it was challenging to promote and protect this diverse environment that we have on earth. Presently there are 27 countries involved in a project designed to protect and nuture our fragile environment.. He pointed out that our Botanical  Garden must involve the community and educate the future generation about our environment, plants, and how to promote conservation. The Garden must reach out to the community and have partnerships with the community and  governmental educational agencies. His presentation was very informative and gave us many things to think about in the coming  year.

The meeting was adjourned and the luncheon was served.

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Boyscouts Camping Weekend

Troop 34 spent the weekend of January 18 camping in the Garden and raking the paths in the Mint Gut. See details  Boyscouts Camping Weekend


The St. George Village Botanical Garden is open every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Garden will be open for self-guided tours during these hours. Since tours are self-guided, visitors are not admitted after 4:00 pm in order to allow everyone at least an hour to enjoy exploring the 16 acre site.

The volunteer-run Nursery is open each Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.

The Museum Store will be open every day 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Admission is $8.00 for adults, $1.00 for children 12 and under, and $6.00 for Senior Citizens (age 60+).

The St. George Village Botanical Garden is a private, non-profit organization that is dedicated to the conservation, education, and preservation of the ethno-botanical heritage of the U. S. Virgin Islands.

St. George Village Botanical Garden Nursery

Location: St. George Village Botanical Garden Nursery (behind the Great Hall)

The Volunteer Plant Nursery is open every Tuesday and Friday from 9 am to 11 am(ish).Aechmea nudicaulis in flower

 Check out the great selection of trees, palms, groundcovers, flowering plants and vines, and water garden plants that have been lovingly grown by a dedicated group of knowledgeable volunteers.

Get a  great deal on beautiful plants that will thrive in the local environment as they have been propagated on the island.