On my final trip to Costa Rica in Feb. 05, whilst undertaking study for my botanical tour applications, I visited the 3 most significant botanical gardens in this compact Central American Republic – Wilson Botanical Gardens, Lankester Gardens and Arenal Botanical Gardens. Every of these venues was very unique from every other in terms of design and style, place and concentrate. If you are botanical enthusiast, it would not hurt to check out all 3 venues. To stick to is a short description of all 3 …
Wilson Botanical Garden
Positioned in southern Costa Rica close to the Panamanian border at an elevation of 4500 feet above sea level, Wilson Botanical Garden covers an location more than 25 acres and have been created in portion by the popular landscape designer and architect, Roberto-Burle Marx. The gardens are operated by the Organization of Tropical Research (OTS) as a center for study, scientific study and public education in tropical botany. The gardens are terraced to give it sort of a all-natural really feel plants of the identical culture needs are grouped collectively – Bromeliads, marantas, heliconias, gingers in distinct are nicely represented right here. There are more than 700 species of palms alone, the second biggest collection worldwide. Simple to navigate walking trails circle the whole house which abuts a private biological reserve. Think it or not, this is one particular of the most well-known venues for the birdwatcher crowd. When I was there, a compact group of true avid Birdwatchers from California and Massachusetts stayed at the lodge and have been actually stoked as they added quite a few new bird species to their life history list. Nearby is the quaint tiny town of San Vito which was founded by Italian immigrants sometime following Planet War II there are many terrific pasta and pizza ristorantes in the location.
Positioned in the Central Plateau close to the historic colonial city of Cartago, Lankester Garden are operated by the University of Costa Rica. It really is an effortless 1-hour drive from San Jose. For many years, this facility was poorly maintained, even so when I visited the gardens in Feb 2005,the gardens have been in very good shape as the University spent some revenue on upgrading the facility. The gardens are situated on a reasonably flat terrain at an elevation of about three,000 feet above sea level whilst it does not have the raw and wild appear of Arenal Gardens or the classical all-natural terraced landscaping of Wilson’s, it is nonetheless an definitely delightful spot to see and is specifically well-known with going to Tico Households from San Jose.
Featuring more than 1,100 unique species of orchids which includes the most significant collection in the planet of the miniature Pleurothallids, Lankester is absolutely the spot to go if you happen to be an orchid enthusiast. Walking inside their Orchidarium, I saw quite a few uncommon and colorful species of cattleyas, ladyslippers (Phragmepidiums), moth orchids (Phaelonopsis) oncidiums, stanhopeas as nicely as the tiny hunting ” dwarf orchids”. I am not actually an orchid enthusiast per se, but I have to admit some of the exotic orchids on show in the Orchidarium have been true knockouts. For your facts, The National Orchid show, a unique weekend festival in San Jose requires spot each year in March.
Arenal Botanical Garden and Serpentarium
Positioned about three 1/two hours northwest of San Jose, Arenal Botanical Garden is situated on a sloped hillside straight across from Arenal Lake. These gardens are mostly a native species preservation project it absolutely has the wildest really feel of the 3 described venues and options quite a few native Costa Rican plants, trees and flowers in addition to a very good choice of imported and introduced species. General, two,200 species are represented right here which includes an extraordinary collection of Cycads and ferns. The trails climb a reasonably steep grade and circle the whole facility. There is also a compact Serpentarium on web-site – if you happen to be interested in becoming familiar with some of the indigenous snakes of Costa Rica, this is absolutely the spot to check out. Boas, pythons and poisonous species are equally represented right here
There lots of attractions in this area of Costa Rica, which includes the majestic Arenal Volcano, one particular of the most active volcanoes in the planet in addition there are some compact butterfly gardens in the location and many venues with thermal hot springs. Sportfishing and windsurfing are two of the most well-known activities at Arenal Lake, a significant manmade lake, situated just east of the volcano.
In addition, if you happen to be staying in the San Jose Region, you should check out the beautiful gardens at the Bougainvillea Hotel, situated in the quiet San José suburb of Santo Domingo.