Friday, November 21, 2014

St. Kitts Eco-Park

Despite a rather gloomy and sometimes rainy day, I met up with some ladies, and we carpooled up to Sandy Point to check out the brand new St. Kitts Eco-Park (Facebook page).

This working attraction is a collaboration between St. Kitts and Taiwan to teach and utilize sustainable methods of agriculture and green energy. Taiwan had a lot to do with the St. Kitts Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport going totally solar. The eco-park was also powered by solar, even down to their electric fence. The place consists of:

A huge greenhouse (outside):

Greenhouse inside:

Two attached buildings that house a St. Kitts shop and a Taiwanese shop. The St. Kitts shop was rather sparse, but had some cute stuff. There was an art gallery upstairs with some colorful artwork.

The Taiwan shop had orchids upstairs (because they said they weren't sure what to do with the space yet) and gifts downstairs.

A rose garden and a desert garden:

An orchard:

A(n) herb garden:

and a labyrinth shaped like the islands of Taiwan and St. Kitts.

Of course, there are lots of flowers. They seemed to specialize in orchids. The plants are for sale, but they weren't available until Monday. All the plants looked healthier than the ones I've seen in Home Depot.

To wet your whistle, they were selling bubble tea for EC$10. I'd never heard of it and didn't try it because I'm not into sweet stuff, but if it's something you have a hankering for, the same folks providing it here just opened a restaurant in Port Zante called Taiwan Tasty.

You could sip your tea and enjoy a nice view of Statia (St. Eustatius).

If you want to go for free, you have another chance Saturday (Nov 22nd) from 9am to 1pm. After that, they seemed unsure of the entrance fee. It could be wet out there, so dress properly and beware of biting red ants. There were signs everywhere, and they meant it.

The plan is to allow events to be held on the property, like weddings, receptions, etc. Friday they were having a little trade show. They had devices that used solar power to charge things like cell phones, among other things.

Before we left, the St. Kitts Scenic Railway tooted its horn and chugged by.

It was a nice day, and a very pretty place to wander around. On your way back (or there) is the Amazing Grace Experience (Map), which opened just as I left the island. It's quite a substantial little place, and includes a church. We needed to get back, so didn't get inside, but if you're heading up there, you might want to include some time for it.

One more day, and then I'm gone...again. Sigh.
Renee P.