Exotic Rainforest

Hedychium coronarium
A walk through the rainforest
Heliconia bihai

 

We are still recovering from extensive damage to the Exotic Rainforest from Hurricane Omar in October 2008.
Although encompassing only 1/4 acre, the exotic rainforest is one of the favorite areas for visitors to the Garden. Since St. Croix is a rather dry tropical island (35″ annual rainfall) this area contains plants that would not be seen growing locally in natural associations. The rainforest is the only area of the Garden that is irrigated daily.

The exotic rainforest contains anthuriums, heliconias, bromeliads, gingers, orchids and aroids.

The scent from the butterfly ginger fills the rainforest.