Jardim Botanico de Curitiba, Brazil

The Jardim Botânico de Curitiba, or Botanical Garden of Curitiba, is located in the capital city of the Brazilian state of Paraná. As visitors enter this French garden-style park, they are transported back to the mid-19th Century through beautiful and breathtaking greenhouse design. In addition to featuring several botanical exhibits, this 240-square meter botanical garden is also home to two museums and several other buildings available for public use as well.

The Gardens

The Botanical Garden of Curitiba was opened in 1991 and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. Visitors enter the park through a series of curved portals; footpaths inside the park lead through the park’s native forest to its gardens, lakes, waterfalls, and fountains. Its main greenhouse, built in the art nouveau style, creates a striking visual landmark that covers 458 square meters. Inside the greenhouse, visitors can explore the large collection of stunning tropical plants and flowers.

The Museums

The Jardim Botânico de Curitiba also contains two separate museums. At the Museum of Franz Krajcberg, visitors can view sculptures, reliefs, and other visual works of art that include photographs, videos, and paintings that convey a message of environmental conservation. This museum also contains classrooms, lounges, and a 60-seat auditorium. The property’s second museum is the Botanical Museum, which is accessed via a wooden bridge and contains Brazil’s fourth-largest herbarium. Near this museum, visitors will find a pond teeming with native wildlife, an auditorium, a library, and even tennis courts and a bicycling track.

This article is part of Santa Rita Landscaping’s blog series, The Most Spectacular Gardens in the World.

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