The Belize Flora
Belize is a country of astonishing natural beauty. One of the loveliest spots in the country is the Belize Flora Botanic Garden. Spread across 45 acres, the Botanic Garden is home to hundreds of species of indigenous and exotic plants.
The Belize Flora Botanic Garden is an oasis of tranquility and beauty. It is perfect for quiet contemplation, scientific research, and learning about the importance of habitat conservation. Consequently, this oasis was built to protect and showcase the lush biodiversity of flowering plants in Belize.
The lovely grounds at the Belize Botanic Garden is divided into areas of focus on different flowering species:
The Orchid House Garden
Often deemed the most beautiful and fragile flowers in the world, orchids thrive in the jungles and rainforests of Belize. The Orchid House is home to more than 100 different orchid species. Each individual plant grows and thrives in a natural setting. Managers of the Orchid House collected all flowers in a sustainable manner from their natural habitats in Belize.
Palms of Belize
Palm trees come in an astonishing variety of size and fruit types. With the generous contribution from the International Palm Society, the Palms of Belize section of the garden allows visitors to see these indigenous species up close. It also allows its guests to learn about everyday uses for palm fronds, including thatched roofs, broom making, and potted palms kept indoors.
Plants of the Maya
For thousands of years, the Maya have been cultivating and using indigenous plants for medicinal, nutritional, and ritual purposes. Visitors can follow the Medicine Trail to learn about the various plants used by the Maya for clothing, ritual, building, tools, and religious rituals.
The loveliest panoramic view of the grounds comes from the top of the 25-foot tall (7.6-meter) tall fire tower. Especially popular during night walks in the garden, the top of the tower offers visitors an unobstructed view of the garden and surrounding hills as well as an awe-inspiring view of the night sky.
Heliconia (sometimes known as lobster claws) are some of the most beautiful and eye-catching flowering plants in the Botanic Garden. This is the place where you can enjoy their natural beauty. Other tropical plants found in this section include ginger, Strelitzia (bird of paradise), and aeroids.
Located right next to the pond, the hide is the perfect place to watch the busy activities of the garden’s avian residents, including northern jacanas, least grebes, and black-bellied whistling ducks.
The Belize Botanic Garden tour is the ideal tour for nature lovers, hikers, students, researchers, families, and couples who want to enjoy the country’s unique flora in a rainforest setting.