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“Unique and extraordinary miniature orchid garden” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Monteverde Orchid Garden

Monteverde Orchid Garden
50 mts sur-este de Banco Nacional, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
506-2645-5308
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Ranked #8 of 16 things to do in Santa Elena
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Owner description: The Monteverde Orchid Garden is a place where you can enjoy beauty that is found in the marvelous world of orchids. Our garden has a large collection of orchids; we have more than 425 different species. You can find species that are endemic to Monteverde, and a collection of miniature orchids, including the smallest one in the world. We offer guided walks both in English and Spanish. We are in a great location in down town Santa Elena.
Sag Harbor NY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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“Unique and extraordinary miniature orchid garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The guidebook I had suggested allocating 30-60 min. in this garden. We ended up spending 90 min. in this extraordinary garden.We were surprised when we purchased our tickets and were both given... Magnifying glasses! If you are looking for big, flashy orchids, this is not the garden for you. If you are interested in seeing the incredibly vast diversity of orchids, then this is the garden for you.

The owner spent a few minutes pointing out some of the miniature orchids. Some flowers were the size of a pencil point. We've seen lots of orchid gardens and even have about two dozen orchid plants in our house, but we've never seen a garden devoted to miniature orchids.

There were a lot of orchids blooming when we visited (in October). The entrance is kind of tucked away behind another business, but it is next to an orchid Café that has a large sign.

Visited October 2013
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English first
Redwood City, California
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A revelation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This garden contains hundreds of orchid species, from mighty to miniature, that flourish uniquely in the Cloud Forest. It is a wonderland of colors, forms, and textures, cared for by a skilled and loving family that model what it means to care for creation.

The way the flowers are displayed - growing in their natural settings, seen with natural light - allows close encounters and informed descriptions. There is no wall between you and the flowers; visitors are trusted to get as close with eyes or the camera as possible. The result is breathtaking.

The entry fee is a paltry $20, and is worth much more.

Visited October 2013
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Upstate New York
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Unusual and lovely”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Alvaro Salazar has spent 20 years tendinf this unusual garden with 450 varieties of orchids all native to Costa Rica, of which at least 150 are in bloom at any time. Some look like bugs, some are nearly nano-scale, but they are interesting, and the pet parrots add a little to yoir enjoyment.

Visited October 2013
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Roanoke, Virginia
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“Beautiful Orchids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

What you will see depends on seasonal blooming but there are many beautiful orchids on your stroll through this garden.Your guide will assist you find many hidden varieties.

Visited September 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Wonderful experience for our 11 yr-old”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Our daughter is not inclined to enjoy anything outside the Disney Magic Kingdom, but she came back from a tour of the Orchid Garden with nothing but enthusiasm, knowledge, and an appreciation for the variety and mysterious appeal of orchids.

Well done!

Visited June 2013
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