Category Archives: Botanic Gardens

Looking Back – Episode 1

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!!

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a Botanical Garden in Belize, Belize Botanic Gardens

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.

Maya House
Traditional Maya House At Belize Botanic Gardens, a Botanical Garden in Belize

 

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.
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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE! BIRDING AND Wildlife in Belize

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”.

Leaf-cutter aka wee wee ants
tiny but important Wildlife in Belize, these leaf-cutter ants can wipe out a small bush in less than a day

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A Learning Vacation In Belize Can Be Fun!

 

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.

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