The impressive botanical gardens around the world (P.49) - Joaquín Antonio Uribe Botanical Garden: Columbia's most recognized and respected botanical site


( The Botanical Garden Joaquín Antonio Uribe, non-profit private foundation, establishes as an institution dedicated to scientific research, conservation, education, recreation and cultural labors.

The scientific work accomplished by the institution, has made it one of the most respectful and recognized entities of Colombia regarding its vast expertise in exploration, research and conservation of Colombian flora, emphasizing in regional species.

The prestige of its work led the Botanical Garden to be declared as a Cultural Heritage of Medellín (1985), consolidated by facts like being part of the Botanic Gardens Conservation International since 1989, within the World Conservation Strategy in the Botanical Gardens, in collaboration with FAO, UNEP, UNESCO, WWF, UICN, BGCI, among others global organizations.

The entrance pavilion to the botanical garden was designed by Lorenzo Castro and Ana Elvira Vélez. The garden includes a butterfly house, cactus garden, exhibition spaces, library, and pond. A plan to create an additional pavilion was rejected and a competition for local architects was devised to come up with a new structure for the park.

The winners of the project designed the Orchideorama. This structure was jointly designed by Plan B Architects and JPRCR Architects. The structure is 65-feet high. It is a wood meshwork canopy with ten hexagonal flower-tree structures that collect rainwater and shelter an orchid collection and butterfly reserves.

In the late nineteenth century, the land now occupied by the botanical garden began was a farm known as The Bathhouse of Eden (la Casa de Baños El Edén). The farm was originally owned by Mr. Victor Arango, and then his sisters and family listed on the deed.

The garden was temporarily closed due to high crime rates in the area. A plan was created to demolish the gardens but these were changed in favor of making renovations to the park.

It acquired the name "Joaquín Antonio Uribe Botanical Garden" in 1972 when the facilities were enlarged to add a much larger collection of plant species, an auditorium, library, museum, and spacious dining areas for visitors.

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