Jardin Botanico Lankester
Jardin Botanico Lankester
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The Lankester Botanical Garden is a research center of the University of costa Rica, created in 1973 due to the international efforts of scientists and conservationists. Our mission is the research of orchids and other epiphytes to preserve our plante's biological diversity and to inspire and improve people's quiality of life
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JamesFFC
Maidenhead, UK618 contributions
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Nov 2020
This is a small garden on the outskirts of Cartago. The history of the gardens is, somewhat, interesting and the University of Costa Rica clearly do some valuable research. Despite that, this is a small garden and there isn't a whole lot to see. Possibly it is better at other times of year however.

If I was back in the area I would possibly go again, but I wouldn't rush back. The nature around Paraiso/Orosi is far more impressive - go there!
Written November 16, 2020
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Sharon B
Alta Loma, CA65 contributions
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Dec 2019
With over 1000 species of orchids from different parts of the world grown at the botanical garden, there are some blooming at any time of the year. That said, Feb. - May is probably the best time to visit. We went in December, and there was plenty to see. Besides the beautiful/interesting orchids species, there is a Japanese garden (probably best when the azaleas are blooming...nice pond with water lilies, a cactus garden, a fern garden, and areas of ginger family, bromeliads, palms, and a naturally regenerated forest full of native plants and animals. It is a research center for the University of Costa Rica, and worth the trip from San Jose.
Written January 27, 2020
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cch003mb
Costa Rica187 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Couples
A quick definition of a botanical garden from Wikipedia is “a garden dedicated to the collection, cultivation and display of a wide range of plants labeled with their botanical names”.

So base on the previous definition of a botanical garden and after visiting the Lankester Botanical Garden, it definitely fits better as a garden and not a botanical garden in my opinion.

To be honest we were disappointed to see so much beauty and great collection of plants in this place and not able to know more about their physiology o anatomy or even their names and families that they belong to, no label at all, and for this reason I’m giving just 03 stars evaluation to this place.

Later we realized that this garden is somehow run by the University of Costa Rica which disappointed us more than ever. It’s hard to believe that for a such prestigious University as the University of Costa Rica, no one have taken the lead to initiate a project of classifying all the especies of plants they have in the garden.

I want to believe that in this University they have great botanicals or at least botany students that could have done the classification and labeling for this garde.

I also strongly believe this could be a great opportunity of a great thesis for a botany student, hopefully this will encourage the management to take actions about the labeling and classification of all the plants.

Besides the above inconvenience, this is definitely a nice garden to stop by, got a really nice Japanese garden with great scenes and great varieties of plants: bamboos, cactuses and succulents, bromeliads, huge prehistoric ferns and the most popular ones of this garden, the orchids, lots of them were in bloom so it was amazing and very colorful experience.

No matter if you’re plant lover o not, for sure you‘ll find this garden interesting to visit and to spend quality outdoor time.
Written November 29, 2018
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Jose M
Lancaster, TX16 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Family
I don't understand why they are charging people $10 if your are not from here. It's not like anything here in Costa Rica is cheap. Their belief is that everybody coming from other countries to visit this country are rich. I've experienced this with other companies or events here. I spoke with the guy at the front and he would not change to the other price which is roughly $5. I know it's not that big of difference, it's just the principal. It does add up though when you have more people
Written July 12, 2017
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nldogbert
Eindhoven, The Netherlands3,542 contributions
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Jun 2017 • Friends
This is another attraction that charges foreigners twice that what is charged for local visitors. Charging 10USD is not cheap for a botanical garden where you might not be able to see the orchids in bloom. I don't understand why foreigners should pay twice the fees when even for 5 USD the fees are on the high side. The complex itself from outside looks nice, but due to the high entrance fees and the double standard, I did not enter.
Written June 20, 2017
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northernneckinn
Tappahannock, VA4,590 contributions
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Feb 2016 • Couples
A real treat for the orchid specialist or lover! With over 1,400 varieties of the Orchid species there at least a dozen on view in this delightful off the beaten track botanical garden. Well worth a detour as Mr Michelin Guide says! Walk into the back of the garden where under cover is a entire display in their habitat of over a dozen varieties! Splendid!!
Written February 6, 2016
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Luc V
Philadelphia, PA79 contributions
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Dec 2014 • Couples
Very nice and rich collection of plants, in an overall nice setting. I particularly liked the collection of tropical Asian bamboos. But why wasn't there a single bamboo from central America in the entire garden? If there was, it wasn't labeled as such...
Also, the garden could use a little more labor to keep it in a better condition. I guess this is a funding issue. Another thing I missed: I would guess that only 10% of the plants are identified/labeled. This is a very low rate in my opinion for a botanic garden.
Written December 28, 2014
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Diego S.P.
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The Lankester Botanical Gardens are located in the city of Cartago (named after Ancient Carthage, this was the former capital of the Costa Rican colony).  The grounds are divided into various thematic gardens, linked together by a paved promenade.  The whole facility is handicapped-accessible, which was ideal for my 93-year-old grandmother, who can no longer walk such long distances, but got to enjoy the park from the comfort of a wheelchair, occasionally getting up to walk around at each garden. 

Among my favorite gardens were:

The Orchid Greenhouses (being a botanical garden, the University of Costa Rica has a world-renowned research institute devoted to orchids in the park), where visitors could marvel at the hundreds of different species that are grown and studied there.

The Japanese Garden, modeled after traditional Shinto gardens, with a beautiful pond full of Koi fish, Lotus plants and Shinto statues.  The whole garden is surrounded by bamboo trees (some which form a tunnel, both in the entrance and the exit), making it into a beautiful Nippon enclave hidden inside the Gardens, waiting to be discovered!

The Cacti and Succulents Garden, where visitors can appreciate the many species of these plants.  From the most typical desert cacti to the less well-known jungle cacti, the vast diversity of this garden makes for a great discovery!

There are five other gardens to visit, but explaining them all would be too long.  All I can say with certainty is that these gardens are really worth the visit, for the whole family!

If there was one thing I would say wasn't the best it could have been, it would be the lack of better signs and information panels around the parks and plant species, as it would have made the trip all the more educational.

All-in-all, it was a great discovery, and a very ideal place to spend a few hours simply admiring nature (or having a romantic picnic, as we some some couples do!).
Written January 7, 2014
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Norma S
Deddington, UK112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Solo
A beautiful botanical garden less than 25 miles from San Jose. Take a bus to Cartago, and then a bus to Paraiso and ask to be let off at the gardens. It is then half a mile up the road on the right.
Laid out in sections of the different varieties of plants and trees - most of them local varieties, except for the Japanese garden. Well maintained, and the possibility of seeing large numbers of orchids. One quibble - there is almost nowhere to sit and contemplate the surroundings. A few benches strategically placed would make this spot ideal.
Written April 2, 2013
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Gemsays
Miller Lake, Canada58 contributions
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One of the main reasons we decided to visit the gardens was the write up we read about the orchids. They grow a very large selection. As well there were other varieties of plants, such as cacti, ferns, bromeliads, zingiberales and palms. The gardens are well laid out with well maintained walking paths.
We were very disappointed that very few of the orchids were in bloom. It was not until after we visited that we learned that the orchids bloom time is in March and April. If you can visit then, do so. I am sure it would be well worth it.
Written February 16, 2013
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