Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

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Panama - Isla Colon

Institution Code: FLMPA

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

Situated on Isla Colon, ten minutes from the historical town of Bocas, the botanical garden is set on 9.6 hectare (24 acres)span across a narrow part of the island. Growing in the lush climate are heliconias, gingers, palms, flowering trees, fruits and spices.
Open ocean to the east offers stunning views of the Bocas archipelago and westwards a calm lagoon protected by mangroves.
Our mission is to conserve the uniqueness of this land, to educate future generations and to give a small insight to visitors of the delights and wonders of tropical gardening.

Main Address:
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
La Loma del Idaan
Bocas del Toro
Isla Colon

Telephone: (507) 757 9461
Fax: (507) 757 9461
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Lin Gillingham
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Lin Gillingham
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
  • Date founded: 2007
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 10 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 4 Hectares
  • Total Area: 10 Hectares
    Latitude: 9.3887
    Longitude: -82.2707
    Annual Rainfall: 7000 mm
    Altitude: 80.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 250 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
  • Local Address: La loma del Idaan, Isla Colon, Republic de Panama
  • Locality: City: Bocas
  • Locality: State: Bocas del Toro Province

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 1
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 700

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1200
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 400
  • Special Collections:Worldwide collection of palms, large collection of heliconias, gingers, calatheas, fruits, native trees, spices and ornamentals.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: No
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: No