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Orchid a Plenty in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Orchids

If  it is orchids that you want the Costa Rica is the place to be, specifically at Lankester Gardens. This world renowned botanical garden is home to almost a thousand varieties of orchids with most blooming from February to April. You are bound to see such species as the Stanhopea ecornuta. This world class display will not disappoint anyone.

Located in Cartago Costa Rica, 26 kilometers from San Jose, the garden was created by a British orchid lover Charles H. Lankester in 1940 and was donated to the University of Costa Rica in 1973. The garden is open to the public and is still operated by the University of Costa Rica.

The goal of this beautiful facility is to promote the enjoyment of this beautiful facility as well as educating visitors on conservation and the sustainable use of this flora through scientific research and environmental and horticultural education. The garden is situated on 11 hectares and is also home to cacti and succulents. The colorful helconias are pollinated by hummingbirds. Bromeliads also thrive well in this garden. There are about 200 native bromeliad species in Costa Rica and they can be seen in this garden. Lankester Garden is also home to over 100 species of birds and is considered a refuge for migratory birds.

Lankester Garden is also home to a renowned collection of exotic orchids, among them the Tiger Orchid which is the tallest of orchids as well as a collection of miniature orchids, specifically the Platystele jungermannioides, which has been recorded as the smallest orchid. A Japanese garden was created over several years which includes ferns and ponds which was donated by the Japanese government in 2009.

The Lankester Botanical Garden is open daily excluding holidays. You can take a self-guided tour or reserve a tour guide in advance of your arrival. English and Spanish are spoken by the guides and some even speak German or French. The garden is also home to a shop which has a large selection of botanical literature as well as plant seeds, orchid plants. It is important that you are aware of your home country’s policy on bringing such items home as many countries have regulations concerning plants and seeds. You don’t want to end up paying for something only to have it confiscated upon your return home.

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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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