What it was like before Running Water & Electricity
Looking back on the last 30-odd years I’ve been pondering life in Belize when we first arrived. Visitors to Belize Botanic Gardens often ask what it was like here in the days before electricity and running water… Well my favorite book growing up was Swiss Family Robinson so a family adventure always had a special appeal to me.
One big difference though was that the Robinson’s were shipwrecked on an island with a ship loaded with supplies. When they ran out of good stuff – like fine wines, cheese, chocolate, as well as essential items , they merely rowed their dinghy out to the ship and brought back what they needed … while on the other hand, for us it was a hard-driven 10 miles to reach San Ignacio in an hour and change (each-way), with more riding around town in order to find the basics … and there was definitely a shortage of fine wines and cheese!!
News From Belize Botanic Gardens
Belize Botanic Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Belize. BBG was opened to the public in 1997. Cleared farmland as late as 1993, our garden now extensive collections of native and exotic plants and trees.
One of our many features is a traditional Maya House where groups can arrange to make tamales over a wood fire. Let one of our experienced guides show you Belize Botanic Gardens’ Maya Medicine Trail. This trail features many native medicinal and useful plants.
A Story From A Botanical Garden in Belize:
Once there was a young boy whose father told him to stay whose elderly grandfather was a learned medicine man. The boy’s father sent him to stay with his grandfather to learn about the forest. So the boy went to stay with his grandfather. Every day they would walk in the forest and study the trees and plants so the boy could learn.
One day the grandfather told the boy to go to the forest and bring him back a plant that was not useful. He was gone for several days and finally came back feeling defeated. “I could not find this plant, Grandfather,” he said. “I am very sorry because I know that you will not be here long and I feel that I have failed you.”
“No, No, my boy,” the grandfather said, “It is because you have learned well and now know that every plant in the forest has its use.”
Other Features: Nursery, Trails, and More
In addition to the Maya House and Medicine Trail, Belize Botanic Gardens contains many other features. Among these features are a Native Orchid House, Palm Area and Cycad Circle. There is a tea trail where you can (by reservation) sample teas made from plants grown on the trail. Also featured is a rainforest trail and a tower which overlooks the gardens.
Continue reading a Botanical Garden in Belize, Belize Botanic Gardens
Belizean Expressions –
Understanding the Meaning Behind the Words
This link above will take you to a site where you to a site where you can learn some Kriol and Belizean Expressions, It’s always been interesting to me how identical words and phrases take on different meanings in different places. For instance, when we first arrived in Belize, nearly 35 years ago, and I first heard the expression, “Right Now“, we thought that meant immediately. It didn’t take us long though to figure out that, in Belize, it means sometime in the not-to-distant-future.
Even in different parts of our own countries we have differences in vocabulary, so when a Belizean uses a word you don’t understand, ask what it means and you will have learned something. Then share one of yours with him/her.
When your waiter asks your title to put on your bar tab, don’t tell him you’re a bank manager, tell him your last name.
It can be frustrating when you ask for something and are told
“Right Now” and you wait patiently and then when nothing happens and you ask again a half hour-later and the reply is an unapologetic “Right Now“. Continue reading Belizean Expressions
Wildlife in Belize – Belize Botanic Gardens
Chachalacas and Other Creatures
You may find that Belize is quite different than what you may be used to, providing changes in climate, language, culture, people and even insects to discover and in which to delight.
Some will be unfazed by the sudden early am chortle (ruckus) of Chachalacas (aka: bush chickens) just outside their window or ants in their deodorant stick (keep containers and zippers closed) or more likely marching in single file down a sidewalk and disappearing off into the jungle with their “leaf of the day”.
Others may run screaming from their room at the merest glimpse of a tarantula. (No need; they don’t bite and are deaf) Continue reading WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE! BIRDING AND Wildlife in Belize
Learning Vacation in Belize
Where else besides Belize Botanic Gardens can you absorb so much that nature has to offer? Be inspired by getting up close and personal to hundreds of native and exotic plants. A Learning Vacation ati Belize Botanic Gardens will open your mind and your eyes to so much. Let u arrange an unforgettable itinerary of any length for your class, your family or other group.
Belize Botanic Garden is a great place for Educational Travel. We started hosting International Students at our lodge in 1995 and now have a place for students located within the garden grounds. This means that you can wonder around the 45 acres that comprise our gardens any time, day or night, absorbing the sights, smells and sounds of your surroundings or working on a project on your own or with your class.