St. Barths is lacking in the agricultural department. The island’s poor ground minerals and seasalt make it very difficult for gardens to thrive. Nevertheless, in 2009, Hotel Le Toiny created the island’s first developed organic greenhouse. Once a former pineapple field, the hotel’s greenhouse is now home to a variety of different fruits, vegetables and herbs including basil, lemongrass, licorice, leeks, ten types of sprouts, eight types of tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, green peas and melons. 5-star Restaurant Le Gaïac’s Executive Chef, Stéphane Mazières incorporates these freshly grown products into his menu each day.
To create the garden, Hotel Le Toiny collaborated with Benoit Thiery, a knowledgeable gardener from Forevergreen nursery. The hotel contributes the success of their garden to their committed staff as well as Theiry’s knowledge and passion of gardening in the Caribbean.
Le Toiny’s General Manager Guy Lombard recently sent us over some pictures of the greenhouse. Check out the pictures below.