Wednesday, August 13, 2008

St. George Village Botanical Garden- Part 1

Before we begin, I want you to know, this post is going to be broken up into two or three posts. Mr. Photographer Farmboy decided that this trip needed to be photographed in NEF and that there was no need to even double the image, the second being in JPEG. So I am now having to sort photos and then change photos from nef to dng to jpeg before they can be resized and then posted. Needless to say, it is taking me forever because of the way he has everything set up.

Let's take a little tour now, shall we?

When you first enter the St. George Village Botanical Garden on the lovely island of St. Croix, this is what you will see. A court yard and The Manager's House.

Way back when, St. George was a sugar plantation. There are now ruins from this time scattered throughout.

Close ups of the Manager's House. The bottom portion now houses the Garden's Herbarium.

Also in the courtyard, you will find the village Bake Oven.

They say this still functions, but quite frankly, I don't know how. The door is rusted shut.

If you follow Tour Guide Bob to the left, you come to Laura's Garden.

I can't for the life of me remember why it is called this and I think it was originally a kitchen and an animal pen, because you should always keep your goats and pigs in the kitchen with you. Anyway, the front part, just inside, is now an herb garden and behind contains red and white flowering plants.

Following our map, we now come to the Unusual Tree area. This is the Cannonball tree. However, we didn't get any pictures of the cannonballs (they really look like cannonballs), but these are the flowers... gorgeous! And they smell good too.

The second Unusual Tree is the Sausage Tree.

We will wrap up Part 1 with the Blacksmith Shop.

And remember, if all your tools are locked up in the blacksmith shop, you can always try using a stick and a rock. It might work, it might not.

Until next time... Have a beautiful day!


Lori said...

sausage tree? well, my looks a little vulgar...LOL!!! your pictures are wonderful, i love the old stone on those walls and buildings!!!

Brenda Kula said...

Wow, I'm with Lori. A sausage tree??? Never heard of such a thing. But then, I don't get out much. Kind of isolated here in my own little world!

Whitney Johnson said...

That is hysterical! I love the sausage tree. God really has a sense of humor!! And then there's the people - "what shall we call it?..." Ha ha. Your photos are fantastic. :)

Anonymous said...

Alisa, there is something so beautiful about old ruins, isn't there! Especially once they'be become overgrown with foliage. I've seen the sausage tree on PBS - quite comical! Yes, God has a sense of humor!

Sherry said...

Lovely garden, although I'm not sure I'd want such a thing as a sausage tree in my garden!! It's certainly different!!! As for the farmboy -- well he's given you extra work to get all these sorted, but the photographs are beautiful enough that I'm sure you've forgiven him!! hee!!

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

you're getting creative on me. I like the way you have outlined your photos. I'll need to play around with my post to change it up a little. xoxo, Joanna

Stink Bone Jones said...

Really enjoyed your vacation pictures. Looks so tropical and pretty. I have learned something new about the sausage tree.