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


Virgin Islands (U.S.)


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 Min stay requested: at least a week

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    I will tell you a few quick things and then go into detail... I went through 2 major hurricanes in 2017 & another hurricane hit Sept 2019 and damaged the garden more.... trees etc. Thus the Botanical garden and plant nursery needs clean up & beautifying.
    1) My main needs are “flowering plant” style gardening, animal care (Kitties), minor painting and Carpentry (new shutters & fence repair) I have almost 2 acres.
    2) It is great if you like cats. I volunteered at our animal shelter and have 10 cats 😍that roam the property.
    3) The minimum age to be a workaway in my property is 28 yrs 4) please no tobacco smokers.
    5) you will be expected to keep your cottage clean.
    6) min stay 1week

    Island life here is about conservation. Virgin Islanders live without amenities like trash pickup and no dishwashers besides the person looking in the mirror!

    The Garden Estate magical & is at 1200 feet, on a mountain...very peaceful residential area! This is a "room" exchange workaway, not all Meals are included, for several reasons. However I share what I can, provide spices, my kitchen and I’m willing to change this arrangement depending on each situation. We can discuss these things on the phone.

    It was designed in the 1950's as a garden estate above the main town. There are stone path ways to amazing vistas, some are impassable at the moment. This is one of the projects I need help with.

    I have a plant nursery and hope to offer tours to school groups soon if we can get everything cleaned up.

    Your Accommodations:
    I have a 2 bedroom cottage W/ a small bathroom & kitchenette. 1 full bed and 1twin bed. 2 people preferred but can house 3 people maximum!

    What's close:
    The property is walking distance to a tourist attraction called "Mountain top" & the Zipline is near. Magens Beach is the closest. 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 to the store.

    About me: I have been hosting 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.

    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; it's about electric and water conservation and 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


    I have a few projects needing electric, plumbing or carpentry skills as well as gardening. I am seeking work away guests with some experience.

    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 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 baby plants.

    Projects: outdoor lighting installed & some wood steps need replaced. I have construction tools.

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

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    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Housing: separate stone cottage with 2 bedrooms, 1/2 bathroom, small kitchen, no shower at moment, it is being remodeled, so you use mine. 1 bedroom has a twin bed, other a full size bed, both very comfortable.

    My apt: I share the kitchen, & the shower with you! There are 10 cats that live on property.
    It is finally getting better on the island !
    Cellphone- Att & Sprint are best

    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 adjusted.

    Meals: cooking in your kitchen or mine! I provide coffee and tea, spices & basic condiments and I’m 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.
    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; $10 pp each way minimum
    I know an owner of a scuba diving business if you want to get certified.
    There are some hiking locations on St Thomas but the national park is on St John, our closest island.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    max 15 hour/week - no meals

Host ref number: 916482733979