Montoso Gardens

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Puerto Rico - Maricao

Institution Code: MGMPR

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

Montoso Gardens view to the Caribbean Sea
Montoso Gardens view to the Caribbean Sea

About the Montoso Gardens

Montoso Gardens is a 90 acre (36 ha) botanical garden, tropical flower and fruit farm, and nursery with over 600 species of exotic tropical flowers, fruits, nuts, spices, and palms. Located on the south slope of Pico Montoso mountain, at 1500 feet (457 m) altitude in the heart of the rugged coffee growing region in Maricao, Puerto Rico, Montoso Gardens is a paradise for plants and wildlife.

Main Address:
Montoso Gardens
Hwy 120, Km 18.9
P.O. Box 692
00606 Puerto Rico

Telephone: 787-221-0623
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Bryan Brunner
    Curator's Name: Bryan Brunner
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Bryan Brunner
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 3
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
  • Date founded: 1987
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 30 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 6 Hectares
  • Total Area: 36 Hectares
    Latitude: 18.10
    Longitude: -67.00
    Annual Rainfall: 2540 mm
    Altitude: 457.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 800 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 6
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 200
    Number of Volunteers: 1

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1800
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 600
  • Special Collections:Our plant collections are growing on our farm and are used for propagation purposes (seeds/cuttings/divisions). Our primary business is a plant nursery (export and local).

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    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: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: Yes
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

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