“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 and Judy duPlooy bought the land and started planting the native palms and orchids they had collected. In 1997, Belize Botanic Gardens was registered with the Government of Belize. This 45-acre garden is now home to over 2000 plant species, including hundreds of native species of plants and trees.
BBG – How do we Survive?
A non-profit organization, BBG exists to serve as gardens and educational grounds for the Belizean community and visitors to enjoy. 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. At Belize Botanic Gardens we strive to educate local communities and international visitors of the importance of protecting native plants and ecosystems.
BBG is financed mainly 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.
Our dedicated staff of 10 takes care of the gardens, propagates plants in the nursery, act as guides to visitors, teach classes and any other duties that are needed. I can’t say enough about their knowledge and dedication to the gardens.
If you want to know how BBG got started, please view our history.
There are millions of species of plants and animals on earth with millions of solutions and strategies for survival. 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. These plants are what 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 form our ecosystems. These functions maintain the balance of life on earth.
The amount of biodiversity, the collective variety of all life on earth, is directly proportional to mankind’s well-being. New discoveries through the vast diversity of organisms, especially plants, allows research in medicine and infrastructure to grown and flourish.
Even without monetary and economic gain; plants 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. just the presence of plants in our lives seems to enhance mental and emotional health.
Belize Botanic Gardens hopes to motivate all its visitors to appreciate plants and to consider the role they play in your daily life. It’s not hard to be a responsible steward of nature. Let us help show you the way.
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.