Santiago is getting its own botanical garden this year
While a date has not been set, Ricardo García, director of the National Botanical Garden (JBN) located in Santo Domingo, announced Santiago’s botanical gardens would open in the Jacagua municipal district. The city park would be named the Eugenio de Jesús Marcano Botanical Garden, in honor of the leading botanist, entomologist and speleologist.The country’s other large botanical garden outside of Santo Domingo is located on the top of the Isabel de Torres Mountain in Puerto Plata.
García explained the JBN is providing the technical direction for the soon-to-open botanical garden in Santiago, which is the country’s second largest city and is located in the central region of the country. He says the new botanical garden will be a sanctuary for biodiversity, a space for the conservation of endemic and native flora of the island.
García said that endemic and native trees and several important species under threat of extinction have already been planted, including guayacan, caracolí, oak, campeche, gpenda, candelón, arraiján, palmas canas, cigua, load water, almácigo, mara, guázara, olive, cabirma and other endangered species. The Ministry of Environment has planted more than 100 rare plants and 7,000 trees of 52 different species in the area of 600,000 square meters. An 80,000 square meter forest reserve with many trees that are believed to be over 100 years old will be part of the Santiago botanical garden.
A decree still needs to be issued announcing the park. Brígido Peguero, in charge of research and taxonomy at the JBN, said that new areas are still being added. He said a bill still needs to be drafted to establish the legal base for the garden.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Feb 5, 2017
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