Jardín Botánico de Río Piedras San Juan, PR
one of the few real efforts to preserve natural life in the face of disproportionate urban expansion
nature park/reserve


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Year Established: 1971
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Located in the Río Piedras neighborhood of the municipality of San Juan, El Jardín Botánico provides visitors with a welcomed respite from the bustling city life and an unique opportunity to lose oneself in the serenity of its exceptional gardens.

Administered by the University of Puerto Rico, the 75-acre park serves as a research facility and education center, and is home to an extensive collection of flowers, trees, and other assorted plants that make up its delightful landscapes.

The Monet garden features a small lake populated by turtles and different species of waterfowl. Orchids, heliconias, and palm trees also have their own gardens with numerous examples on display. Sculptural works also adorn these gardens, creating an interesting contrast between the natural and the man-made.

The importance of El Jardín Botánico cannot be overstated. Besides serving as a place for enjoyment and retreat, the gardens represent one of the few real efforts to preserve natural life in the face of disproportionate urban expansion.
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