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“The History of Oaxaca Through Its Plants & Trees!”

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.
Seattle, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The History of Oaxaca Through Its Plants & Trees!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

This was an amazing and informative two-hour tour that greatly exceeded our expectations and was well worth the 100 peso admission price. We were lucky to have Carole as our English-speaking tour guide and she knew her stuff about all aspects of Oaxacan life, past and present, and told it in an engaging manner as we walked through the extensive collection of corn, squash, herbs, trees, cacti and more and learned how all these flora contributed to and reflect the life and culture of Oaxaca over the centuries. Don't miss this one!

Visited February 2014
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“yes I learned a lot.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

it was a BIg group, and the excellent guide, an ex pat orginally from YC had a BIG voice and knew her plants! I had no idea of the abundance of cacti in Mexico, and loved being at this garden at the beginning of the flowering season. Why not a rating of 5? I would have liked to have covred more of it. Plus the guards sort of spooked me. But I would \go on this tour agian for sure, on my next visit.

Visited February 2014
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“Ethnobotanical tour not to be missed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

I agree with the previous review that the tour in the Ethnobotanical Garden is a highlight in Oaxaca.
The guide is extremely well informed about the plants and their various uses- everything from the making of red dyes from cochineal to the source of tequila's rival, mezcal.
Make sure you go Tues or Thursday at 11am to join the English speaking guide for a fascinating 2 hours.

Visited January 2014
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“Beautiful garden - very informative tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

I had not planned on taking this tour thinking that it would be "and this plant is <plant name> and it's use is <blah blah>. Fortunately other plans fell through and we were near the garden when the English tour began. And it was GREAT. The guide wove a story about groups of plants and their uses and bits of history. The plants are all native to Oaxaca state which has an amazing diversity of plants due to the diversity of environments in Oaxaca since it covers both coastal and mountain regions and wet and dry habitats. The theme of the guide's narrative was the diversity of plants both overall and of specific types. She supplemented the narrative with objects that she brought with her. The narrative was full of interesting information. The guide displayed a thorough knowledge of the garden, plants and local history when questions were asked. While native to Oaxaca, many of the plants are found elsewhere so we learned about plants that we have seen on the west coast.

The current support for the garden beyond salaries is only the tour fees. We liked the tour and garden so much that we later paid for a tour that we didn't take as an additional donation.

The garden can only be visited as part of a tour, you must stay with the tour.
English - Tues, Thurs, and Sat at 11:00 am, 2 hour tour, 100 pesos.
Spanish -Daily, 10am, 12pm, 5 pm for 1 hour, 50 pesos.

Take hat, sunscreen, water (and if you are a bird watcher, your binoculars).

We did the tour as a midday break, visiting the neighboring cultural museum before and after the tour.

Visited January 2014
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“A state of art more than a garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

I cannot tell enough how much I enjoyed this place, it's just so beautiful! You can only visit with a guide at certain times and you just have to show up 2 minutes before to buy your ticket (50 pesos). The visit worths every peso as the guide really knows what he is talking about and you can feel he really believes in the work that is being done there. Take a hat and sunscreen.

Visited February 2014
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