and Catherine Wilson Botanical Gardens)
This is a privately owned reserve that belongs to
the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). Originally
started by Robert and Catherine Wilson as a personal
project, it was passed on to OTS. There is a total
of about 210 Ha. of forest preserve and about 25 Ha.
in the gardens. The gardens are filled with tropical
plants, not only those native to Costa Rica, but species
and ornamentals from around the world.
land is near San Vito de Java close to the border
with Panama. It lies at more or less 1,000 meters
elevation. The United Nations has included it as part
of La Amistad Biosphere Reserve even though it is
over 40 km. from the edge of that reserve.
Photo adapted from one
by Gregory G. Divuian in an OTS brochure.