“To protect the floral biodiversity of Belize by existing as an information resource for the community, government, industry and scientific community. We strive to be a place of beauty for all visitors to enjoy; to cultivate, promote research and enable the research of tropical flora and its conservation with an emphasis on our native species and their habitats.”
When you visit Belize Botanic Gardens you will be amazed to know that this property was nothing but cleared farmland in 1993. Ken duPlooy bought the land and started planting, specifically for the local wildlife to have a pesticide free area to call their home. This 45-acre garden is now home to over 2000 plant species, including hundreds of native species of plants and trees.
As a not-for-profit organization, BBG exists to serve as gardens and educational grounds for the Belizean community and visitors to enjoy and take advantage of. The garden doubles as a scientific and living germplasm resource pool for botanical and horticultural institutions world-wide. The focus of our collections is native and exotic plants of Belize, as well as non-native and non-invasive plant species. We strive to educate local communities and international visitors of the importance of protecting native plants and ecosystems.
BBG is financed mainly by adjacent duPlooys Jungle Lodge, through the visitation and generosity of the local community and international visitors, as well as through funds granted to us by various institutions. In addition, support and donations from visitors and loyal plant lovers helps us to reach our project goals and annual budget. We are fortunate to be in an area rich with tropical flora and fauna diversity.
It takes 10 full-time employees performing multitudes of jobs, with the help of volunteers and interns, to keep the Gardens running. If you want to know how BBG got started, please view our history.
There are millions of species of plants and animals on earth; millions of solutions and strategies for survival and each species belongs to an intricate web with exponential interdependent species for survival. Plants have provided us with food, clothing, medicine, the very air we breathe. They have provided so many ecosystem services, some of which we are only starting to understand and many that we cannot quantify. Yet these plants that make our climate and environment habitable.
Plants rely on symbiotic relationships with other organisms to maintain healthy populations. These relationships of plants, animals, bacteria, fungi and other organisms, along with the addition of the abiotic area around them forms our ecosystems and perform the functions that maintain the balance of life on earth.
The amount of biodiversity, the collective variety of all life on earth, is directly proportional to the well-being for mankind. Our new discoveries through the vast diversity of organisms especially plants allows our reaches in medicine and infrastructure to continue to grown and flourish.
Even without monetary and economic gain very species of plant can provide man with aesthetic beauty and intricacy. Whether it is from the seemingly noxious but nutritious dandelion to the malodorous and magnificent Rafflesia arnoldii as champion of the largest flowering plant on earth, all flora are inherently valuable regardless of reward or profit. just the prsence of most plants n our lives seems to enhance our mental and emotional health.
Belize Botanic Gardens hopes to motivate all its visitors to appreciate plants, to consider plants in your daily routines and to be responsible stewards of nature.
Whether we are inspiring visitors to appreciate plants in the gardens, cultivating rare species, promoting organic gardening or talking to children in schools, the well being of both plants and people is at the heart of our work at Belize Botanic Gardens.