Historic Botanical garden property on St.Thomas, Virgin Islands, US


Virgin Islands (U.S.)


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    I will tell you a few quick things and then go into detail... I went through 2 major hurricanes in September 2017 & another hurricane, Dorian, hit Sept 2019 and damaged the garden a bit more.... trees etc. Thus the Botanical garden and plant nursery needs some clean up & beautifying. My main needs are flowering plants/ gardening, some animal care (Kitties), minor painting and a little house cleaning help. I have almost 2 acres. It is helpful if you like cats. I volunteered at our animal shelter and kept a few. 😍

    Island life at Bluemoon Botanical Garden is about conservation, leaving a smaller “footprint”. Virgin Islanders live without some amenities like no trash pickup and no dishwashers besides the person looking in the mirror! The Garden Estate is at 1200 feet, on top of the mountain...very peaceful! This is a "room" exchange workaway, not all Meals are included, just breakfast, for several reasons. However I share what I can, and provide spices, the kitchen and I’m willing to change this arrangement depending on each workaway person. We can discuss these things on the phone.

    The property is unique and magical and all who see it understand why I work hard on it; 14 years of love and “sweat equity” keep me focused on my goal.

    For my workaway guests, I have a minimum age of 24 yrs (some exceptions are made) and a maximum stay of 4 weeks, which is also subject to change. Also please NO cigarette smoking.

    It was designed in the 1950's as a garden estate above the main town. There are path ways to amazing vistas, some are impassable at the moment due to hurricane debris. (Help!)

    I have a plant nursery and hope to offer tours & other activities to school groups.

    Your Accommodations:
    I have a 2 bedroom cottage W/ a small bathroom & kitchenette. I try to provide you as much privacy as I can.

    What's close:
    The property is walking distance to a tourist attraction called "Mountain top", the zipline & Magens Beach is the closest & most beautiful beach. I am NOT on a bus route, but hitch hiking and taxi's are an option. I work full time but do my best to drive you when I can; including the grocery store!

    About me:. I have been hosting Work away guests since 2015. I value your willingness to communicate your needs and ideas to me. The more we talk about before your arrival the happier we are.
    I will ask for ID and emergency contact numbers prior to your arrival. Also advise that you have health insurance & consider Air ambulance medical insurance, if you are staying for a while. I have lived on St Thomas a long time and was taught “island ways” by a great lady & will share that knowledge with you & look forward to learning from you too.

    Thank you for your time!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Living in the islands is a unique life-style that can't be explained.... it's about electric and water conservation, being prepared for the unexpected (hurricanes), cutting back on excess in your life. The local people are diversified and they are from all over the Caribbean

    I love sharing what I know about local plants & doing things naturally.

  • Help


    There is always something to do. I have a few projects needing electric, plumbing or carpentry skills as well as gardening. I am seeking work away guests with some experience and over 24yrs old.

    Typical day: 7:30am meet over coffee & breakfast to discuss work for the day. I go to my job at 8:30am You will start your day with some easy daily chores and then pick a spot in the garden to "beautify". . There are 11 terraces with different varieties of plants to learn & prune etc.

    Plant nursery: re-potting plants, propagating new plants.

    Skills in need.. carpentry, plumbing, painting. Projects: outdoor lighting installed & some wood steps need replaced. I have construction tools.

    Your ideas once you arrive are welcome! Let’s talk on the phone!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Housing: separate stone cottage with 2 bedrooms, 1/2 bathroom, small kitchen, no shower at moment, it is being redone (have a solar shower) or use mine. 1 bedroom has a twin bed, other a full size bed, both very comfortable.

    My apt: I share the kitchen, TV & the shower with you! There are 10 cats that live on property.
    It is finally getting better on the island ! I use my phone as my hotspot at the moment.

    Length of Stay:
    prefer 1- 4 weeks which is the longest I will commit to prior to meeting you. Will consider longer once we are all happy & adjusted.

    Meals: cooking in your kitchen or mine! I provide coffee and tea, spices & basic condiments for you to use and open to other cooking options. I will drive you to the grocery or pick up items from the store for you. Grocery costs are generally 15-20% higher than in America.

    All beaches are within 20 minutes by car.
    I do not provide use of my car. We drive on the left and my insurance does not cover you.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I recommend you plan financially for taxis. No Uber here.
    I know an owner of a scuba diving business if you want to get certified while you are here.
    There are some hiking locations on St Thomas but the national park is on St John, our closest island.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

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    Hours expected

    max 15 hour/week - no meals

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