When we recently launched our second Caribbean book – Exotic Gardens of the Eastern Caribbean, little did we know that photographs we took will soon have archival value. Just today we received message from acclaimed garden designer Timothy Vaughan, that the Montreal Estate Gardens in St. Vincent he cared for so much – were smashed by hurricane Tomas on Saturday night (30 October)!
We did not hear back from our various friends on Barbados and st Lucia, which were also severely hit. In St Lucia 12 people died as a result of hurricane-related accidents.
But we don’t know yet about the fate of gardens featured in our book, nor residences from our Tropical Homes of the Eastern Caribbean book.
I will post more news as our friends pass information to us.
Thankfully – we were told – Dominica did not get a direct hit, although the hurricane went pretty close to it.
Montreal Gardens were on top of our all-time favourite places in the Caribbean. Timothy says all tree ferns are gone, tulip trees are destroyed, not to say about smaller and more fragile plants. It is terrible news, and we can only hope that the team of dedicated gardeners there will be able to restore this amazing place as well as possible, and nature will help heal its wounds.
We still can’t believe it, it seems impossible. Our thoughts are with people of St Lucia and St Vincent in these hard times.