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“Two Hectares of Gardens and cactai which grow in Oaxaca”

Ethnobotanical Garden
Ranked #7 of 116 things to do in Oaxaca
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Owner description: The Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca exhibits hundreds of live plant species, all native to Oaxaca. Planting began in 1998 with plants coming from different regions in the state of Oaxaca; such as arid, humid, low tropical and high mountainous temperate zones. The garden represents the broad diversity of geological formations, types of vegetation and climates that characterize Oaxaca.
Miami, Florida
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“Two Hectares of Gardens and cactai which grow in Oaxaca”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

Even though is it a small area, it shows the Oaxaca plants with their medicinal and culinary uses to people of the area and their ancestors. The garden is located in some historic part of town and was designed and rescued by two native artists. I was advised afterwords, to go to the Centro Cultural de Santo Domingo and pay for the entrance ticket and that includes the garden. While the entrance to the garden is 50 pesos if the tour is in Spanish and 100 pesos, if in English or other languages. Be advise,one cannot observe the plants and walk around without a tour guide.

Visited June 2013
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Maryland
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“Absolutely a must-see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

The ethnobotanical garden has a wide variety of indigenous and native plants and trees from all over Mexico, with an emphasis on Oaxaca State. There is an English language tour, and our guide (Diego) was outstanding, a fount of knowledge about the flora, avifauna and history of the gardens and Oaxaca.

Visited May 2013
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Pennsylvania
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

For lovers of plants and gardens this is a great place to visit. We learned a great deal about the plants of Mexico and it is such a lovely place to see. Good tour available in English.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Hidden gem in Oaxaca”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

We did the English guided tour on Tuesday with Diego and it was absolutely brilliant!

I'm not particularly knowledge about plants and gardening (more my boyfriend's scene) but this was like a nature trip, Oaxacan history lesson and food class all in one.

Even if you have no interest in gardening or plants, this is a fascinating tour and a blissful, beautiful hidden gem of a space in busy Oaxaca. Highly recommended!

Visited May 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A must”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

My wife is a Master Gardener, so this was an obvious stop. What we weren't prepared for was the "ethno" part -- this was a most interesting tour explaining HOW these plants were (and are) used by Oaxacans. A terrific collection.

Access is only by guided tour, of which there are only 3 in English each week. If you speak Spanish, there are several a day (and one in French per week). The English tours are twice as long and twice as expensive (100 vs 50 pesos) -- asked why, the aide said "the gringos ask a lot of questions!" You should and you will.

Visited April 2013
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