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Taking Aim


The enthusiasm in our Garden was brought over to the AgFair for a volunteer membership drive. Dedicated staff and current garden volunteers assisted me at our table there. During the 3-day event, we spoke with hundreds of fair-goers, inviting them to become part of our SGVBG family: more than sixty new volunteers and a handful of new members signed up! Here’s a huge thank you to all who served so well as ambassadors of SGVBG.

Our beautiful Garden is a wonderful place to share talents for the greater good. If you would like to share a few hours during the week with us, please contact me by phone, (340) 692-2874, or e-mail: Want to help grow our Garden but don’t have the time to volunteer? Feel free to send a donation!

Thank you for your support growing our garden. We appreciate the terrific turn-out at our recent Gardens By MoonlightMeditation, and Succulents as Bonsai exhibit, lecture, and reception. We look forward to seeing you at future events, such as Art In The Garden, March 10th-12th.

Amy Parker DeSorbo
Director of Administration & Development


Annual Membership and Volunteer Appreciation Meeting  Feb 26, 2017


Congratulations to our incoming board members, who were elected at the annual meeting on Sunday, and thanks to the outgoing board members for their service. Thank you to all our members who attended or sent in ballots/proxies. Part of my annual report covering the last year follows.

The Sanseveria Collection had to be removed from the factory ruins and is “Noah’s Ark-ed” in pots awaiting a safer location, for the ruins anyway. They have been replaced by the new Pineapple Garden which features many pineapple species and varieties. It is also the home of many Rain Lilies.

The Three Tiered Fountain above that garden has had a severe leak in the lower pool for years, but I put an end to patching. After installing a liner, I made it into a Water Garden that is filled with lavender Water Hyacinth and a giant Moca Moca plant.

We are converting the garden’s historic sugar pots into water gardens, and the first one contains Papyrus from the Nile and Water Lettuce. The Royal Palm Avenue to the east is beginning to sport the new climbing aroid collection, one jungle climber per palm. To the west, is the new Poinsettia Garden, which also contains an experimental planting of Tree Dahlias.

The unusual tree area near Laura’s Garden is being transformed into the new Tropical Forest Area with special emphasis on forest succession. Many of the plants here have been in limbo for years in the nursery. We are making a concerted effort to plant many of these homeless plants on the grounds.

The Overseer’s House now sports the new Hibiscus Garden thanks to the efforts of former staff member, James. We have also planted two tall yellow Tithonias on the west side of the house, which blossoms nearly all winter with their sunflower-like blooms. Across the lawn is the Succulent Garden. I am slowly adding plants there to give the feel of an underwater coral garden. Under Danny’s careful attention, many rare plants, as well as native Cruzan species, are being grown in the Nursery. This will make our nursery an increasingly valuable island asset.

All in all, 2016 has been a memorable year. It’s been a year of weeding, fertilizing and making a solid seedbed for the future.Thank you all for helping our garden grow.             

Dewey Hollister
Executive Director
Director of Horticulture


  Cultivating the Garden


Volunteer Gardeners are needed to provide visitors with an interesting, beautiful and educational experience at the Garden – any day of the week – for basic gardening tasks, such as weeding, watering, fertilizing, pruning and sign maintenance. Call 340-692-2874 or e-mail the office at to work in any of these areas:


         Naturalized Forest                       Conservation Garden  
         Jungle Garden                               Tropical Fruit Orchard
         Medicinal Garden                         Laura’s Garden            
         Dinosaur Garden                          Butterfly Garden          
         Fern Garden                                   Cactus & Succulents
         Palm Arboretum / Danish Cemetery











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