Gardening in St. Lucia
Horses are very common in St. Lucia, but many do not have a good or long life. My wonderful cousin rescues race horses in Pennsylvania to rehabilitate them.
Here in St Lucia, she rescues them from the side of the road where they are tethered and starving. She is a very caring person to rescue horses, but that is not all.
She also rescues abandoned dogs and cats. Her home is filled with loving pets. Many of the homeless animals on St. Lucia are near death from thirst, exposure or starvation. What does this have to do with gardening?
Well, they come to her farm and have their own garden in which to live out their lives. The pasture is enclosed in Bougainvillea and includes many plants flowering, fruited and beautiful. Each horse shown does have health issues, the dark bay in the left rear, having fallen off a cliff head first.
A world-renowned veterinarian and researcher examined this horse and nothing more can be done unfortunately, but keep it safe and comfortable. It will have the best care and a most wonderful life a horse can ask for in its remaining time.
The property on which my cousin has built her home has gorgeous views of the Caribbean and also the Piton Volcanic Rock Mountains, shown below. The view below is from her veranda and looks across the circular driveway overflowing with Sedum spurium encasing the lily pond in the center.
One thing important to do for landscaping in the tropic is to maximize the grand views. This image below is looking out over the small fishing town of Choiseul.
This image below is also a view from the veranda. Tree palms anchor the design which my cousin did on her own. Her 4 acre property extends to the little shack home you see in the distance.
This is the gated entry.
The photo below shows the vehicular access to the barn and riding ring. My cousin is cantering her thoroughbred, above. This horse has a mechanical problem that will be repaired in time. It is undergoing exercises that have been prescribed by the veterinarian I mentioned above.
The stables are beautifully designed and have their own garden landscaping.
The view along the fence is lined with huge Kalanchoe in vibrant colors. Roses line another fence.
The image below shows the foundation planting with hot colors planted heavily with various shrub-sized Croton.
Crown of Thorns is also a prominent plant which her gardener dug up growing wild and transplanted here.
The garden is not even two years old. In this warm, year-round environment, the plants grow fast.
The gardens hold many fruit trees, such as pineapple, orange, lime, lemon, tamarind, grapefruit, papaya, coconut, banana, nutmeg, soursop, and mango.
Her veranda is furnished with many potted plants, most in really unique, handmade containers. You are looking at a baby’s bathtub above. Below, the artist’s husband was the model for this piece.
The paving is natural stone and the concrete path is inlaid with palm frond imprinting.
Now this image is of a bird I chased around for days. The mockingbird was making a mockery of me trying to capture it in a photo. Ha, bird, gotcha.
To see more from this property, like the in-ground pool, see these posts. To see Carolyn’s view of the trip and the information she researched on various tourist spots and communities, see her post, St. Lucia’s Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens.
- Carolyn and Donna in St. Lucia
- St. Lucia Vacation
- Hummingbird Closeups
- Splishing and Splashing Grackle in St. Lucia
Up next, some sites around the local communities and some gardens we visited.