THE GREEN ARK FOUNDATION
Our mission is to educate and share knowledge about the use of plants for a better personal life and for the well-being of the planet.
“It has long been my dream that the Green Ark Botanical Garden become a place where all can learn about plants that have economic and practical life support uses for mankind.”
-Harve Thomas, Founder
When visiting the garden, learning starts with a visit to our thematic ethnobotanical garden terraces- a Medicinal Garden, a Culinary Garden, a Tropical Food Garden (Milpa), an Essential Oils Garden, and a Natural Colorants Garden
If you just want to walk around and explore our garden, you can enjoy an unguided walk using our garden map as your guide while you stroll at your own pace, feeling one with nature while listening to the sounds of birds, feeling a fresh mountain breeze and learning about plants species growing in our well preserved garden, or walk with one of our botanists booking a guided tour
More than 1.600 species of ornamental plants and fruits from many regions of the world are found throughout the garden. Only at the Green Ark Botanical Garden can you find such diversity during a short two hour walk
A tour of The Ark Botanical Garden is a tour of the senses. Herbs are crushed to smell and taste. The garden paths meander through trees, bamboo stands and a diversity of gardens in one of the most extensive collections of plants in Central America.
Getting to Heaven:
We are located just 30 minutes from the capital city, San José.
A 20 km distance from town, it will to take about 30 minutes to get to us via the main highway (General Cañas Highway) or 45 minutes through the town of Heredia. See on google maps