45 acres of Native & Exotic Plants in the Cayo District ...
Plants are what we are all about - Our job is to inspire you to appreciate plants to protect the floral bio diversity of Belize, by existing as an information resource for the community, government, industry and science and to be a place of beauty for all visitors to enjoy.
Modestly speaking we offer you beautiful plants in a beautiful setting, but we're oh! so much more.
We work at encouraging sustainable agriculture, maintaining conservation collections and engaging in conservation education. Our aim is to inspire our community and visitors (this could be you!) to protect our leafy friends and their habitats, by learning more about the world of plants.
Habitats of Belize
To show visitors different Habitats of Belize, we have recreated a Mountain Pine Ridge, Savanna, Wetland and Rainforest. At each habitat you will find plants and information associated with that ecosystem.
The Native Orchid House
On display are over 100 species of rare and exotic orchids that grow wild throughout the country.
Orchids are known for their wide variety, colors, shapes and sizes. There are over 300 species to be found in Belize. In the Native Orchid House you can see many weird and wonderful forms of local orchids, from show-offs, to more delicate beauties
Plants of the Maya Discover plants used by the ancient Maya for ritual, medicine and daily living. The Maya knew how to make all they needed from the forests around them. This traditional knowledge was handed down generation to generation as part of their cultural identity.
Find out about useful and medicinal native plants, many of which are still used today, on our 'Plants of the Maya' trail. You'll see what plants were used for clothing, storage, tools, building, ritual and medicine.
Palms of Belize Display
Thanks to the International Palm Society you can enjoy a display of native palms and their products at the garden. Students can see how we use palms everyday and participate in activities like learning how to make a thatched roof, broom or house plant basket from palms.
Check out the vista from our hill top lookout. You get a bird's eye view of the garden and surrounding hills from the top of our 25ft. fire tower. It is also a favorite spot to gaze up at the night sky if you are on a night-walk.
The tower is a part of our Mountain Pine Ridge habitat and its is an exact replica of the towers used for fire management in the Mountain Pine Ridge.
A short winding takes you through a display of gingers,heliconias sterlitzia (bird-of-paradise) and aeroids. These showy plants are typical symbols of the tropics. Their vibrant colours create the perfect photo spot under this shady walk way. Belize Botanic Gardens boasts a complete collection of Belize's heliconia and ginger as well as over 50 different varieties from the world's tropics.
Bird Hide Spy on the least grebes, black bellied whistling ducks and northern jacanas from this hideaway on the pond.
The Bird Hide is dedicated to Nita and Clarke Hamilton, who keep our Bird List up to date.
Enjoy a Short Tour Around the Gardens
Stroll Down "Zingiber Alley" with Judy duPlooy
Macal River rock climbing, diving, canoeing and swimming at duPlooy's;
Horseback Riding in the Garden;
University of Indianapolis students & teachers with
Mayan Naturalist Guide William Mesh.