At BBG, plants are what we are all about. Our job is to inspire you to appreciate plants and 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. Our main work is encouraging sustainable agriculture, maintaining conservation collections and engaging in conservation education. We aim to inspire our community and visitors (this could be you!) to protect our leafy friends and their habitats by learning more about the wonderful world of plants.
Our Native Orchid House is home to over 100 species of Belizean orchids, as well as many other native plants. You will not see a dramatic display here as these are not collected in great numbers due to threats to them in the wild.
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 enjoy this field trip stop as they see how we use palms everyday and get to do activities like learn how to make a thatched roof, broom or house plant from palms.
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. For the Maya this meant knowing how to survive from the forests, pray to the gods, heal the sick and make floors from the earth. Some practices are still used today.
Find out about Belize's useful and medicinal native plants, many of which are still used today by people of Belize on our 'Medicine trail". You'll see what plants were used for clothing, storage, tools, building, ritual and medicine.
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.
The tower is a popular stop on a night walk. From atop the tower you will have an unobstructed view of the night sky (weather permitting). You are sure to be awed by the clarity and sheer number of stars and constellations you can see.
The tower is a replica of the towers used for fire management in the Mountain Pine Ridge.
The Gardens boasts a collection of Belize's heliconia and ginger as well as over 50 different varieties from the world's tropics.
A short winding path takes you past a display ofsterlitzia (bird-of-paradise), gingers, heliconias, and aeroids. These showy plants are typical symbols of the tropics. Their vibrant colors create the perfect photo spot.
Spy on the least grebes, black bellied whistling ducks and northern jacanas from this hideaway close by the pond.
Bird Hide (left) - Zingiber Alley (right)
Take a Tour of the Garden
Click Here to visit Belize Botanic Gardens Official Web Site.