Tuesday, August 19, 2008
St. George Village Botanical Garden- Part 3
As we turn to leave the cemetery we see the rare and unusual Umbrella Bush.
And on the Great Lawn is the huge Kapok Tree.
The building behind this tree is the Great Hall. It consists of two original worker row houses and a modern building.
On the other side of the Great Hall is Sweet Lime Walk. This is a walk lined with a hedge of Sweet Lime bushes. These bushes look a lot like Boxwoods, but have little (about 1/2 inch) fruit on them. The Sweet Lime fruit are shaped just like limes, but are bright red. They say that despite the name, they are not sweet, but very sour. I convinced the boys to try them and then the Farmboy came up and tried them. I finally did and maybe Crucian tastebuds are different than Texan tastebuds, because they were as sweet as could be. Tasted like lemonade. Anyway, because everyone was starving at this point and too busy tasting, we have no pictures of any of this.
As you walk down the Sweet Lime Walk you will see buildings that were orginally part of the slave village, later becoming the free worker's village.
Beyond that is the Orchid House. This is a display area for the Garden's collection. This is just a small sampling... they were so gorgeous!
From here, we turn right and down just a ways is the Touch-Me-Not Tree. Seriously, don't touch it. It'll hurt really bad and then kill you.
As we walk down towards the Rainforest, we are graced with some pretty Plumerias, as well as, some other plants.
Now into the Rainforest.
Termite condo. (this is a very small one!)
Remember, never leave Tour Guide Bob. You might end up lost.
As we come out of the Rainforest, we start seeing more Plantation ruins. The Flume...
at least, I think this is the side of the flume.
The Walk-in Well.
The Overseer's House.
Our tour will have to end here, even though there was more to see... the Lime Kiln, the Conservation Garden, the Tropical Fruit Orchard, the Economically Useful Palms collection and the Native Arboretum. You see, it started raining really hard at this point, so Farmboy sprinted to the gift shop so that the camera didn't get wet. The boys and I continued the tour in the rain until we came upon a palm tree in the Economically Useful Palms collection (I just like saying that:)) whose fronds were huge and touched the ground. There was room enough to stand under it... made a nice, dry, little shelter.
So that's it. Hope you enjoyed it.