When you visit Belize Botanic Gardens you will be amazed to know that this property was nothing but cleared farmland in 1993 when Ken duPlooy bought it and started planting. 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, as well 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, and 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 conducting 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 and more including unquantifiable ecosystem services they provide for us that make our climate and environment habitable.
Plants rely on their relationships with other plants, animals, fungi, viruses, bacteria and protists to maintain healthy populations. These combinations form 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.
Inevitably, every species of plant can provide man with aesthetic beauty or intricacy, from the seemingly noxious but nutritious dandelion to the malodorous & magnificent Rafflesia arnoldii as champion of the largest flowering plant on earth. All flora are inherently valuable regardless of reward or profit.
Belize Botanic Gardens hopes to motivate all its visitors to appreciate plants, to consider plants in your daily routines and responsibly steward nature as it provides for us.
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.