The Secrets of the Garden
History and Nature in the Bellavista

Pink trumpet-tree (Tabebuia rosea)

This tree is well known in Costa Rica for its ornamental use in the city and for its wide natural distribution.

It is very appreciated for its massive and beautiful pink or very light lilac flowers. It sheds its leaves precisely during the flowering period, which is the dry season. Bees pollinate the flowers. Its fruits are produced between April and May; these have the form of elongated capsules that release the winged seeds, which are dispersed by the wind.

Icterus galbula hembra

Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia)

The world-famous vanilla is a fascinating climbing plant of the orchid family, with a rich cultural history and great value for various cultures.

Icterus galbula hembra

Because of its aroma and flavor, vanilla is a true tropical treasure. It is widely known for its fruits, shaped like small pods, from which an extract (vanillin) is obtained, which is used as a flavoring for food, beverages, and cosmetics. Its cultural history dates back to the pre-Hispanic Indians, who used it in religious ceremonies and rituals, considering it a sacred spice. It was also used for medicinal purposes and to flavor a cocoa-based beverage: a tradition that has been maintained to this day. Vanilla is one of the most popular and sought-after spices in the world. Today, a synthetic type is also marketed, which is cheaper and simpler than the natural one.