Photo Focus: Gardening on the Rock Gathering Saturday

August Seed and Plant Exchange draws community members to Tillett Gardens (Shaun A. Pennington photo)

Despite the lingering drought conditions across parts of St. Thomas, a small group of “gardeners on the rock” gathered once again at Tillett Gardens in Tutu to share seeds, plants, ideas, and some outdoor community time on Saturday.

Wheatgrass by Shelli Brin with a little help from sun and rain (Shaun A.Pennington photo)

The quarterly seed and plant exchange, the brainchild of Lourdes Aguila, though smaller than usual, was a celebration of the Gardening on the Rock Facebook group¬†event being voted Best Farmer’s Market in a local survey recently.

Organizer Lourdes Aguila offers some special products (Shaun A. Pennington photo)

Seedlings from a local lignum vitae tree provided a special addition to the gathering.

Lignum Vitae seedlings (Shaun A.Pennington photo)

Intrepid gardener and environmentalist Jason Budsan was on hand with passion fruit cuttings.

“Just plant ’em and let them go,” he said.

Jason Budsan says anybody can grow passion fruit (Shaun A.Pennington photo)

The event is always a fundraiser for local non-profit organizations.

The gardeners raised $470 for the Virgin Islands Children’s Museum.