Costa Rica has the greatest diversity of plants in the world. With close to one quarter of its landmass being dedicated to protected areas, there is absolutely no shortfall of incredible aquatic or terrestrial plants, flowers, and other epidemic species of plant life that even expert biologists will enjoy and be amazed.
The Poor-Man’s Umbrella (bottom left) is an herbaceous plant that has a stem that can be up to twelve inches in length, and leaves that can be three to six feet in diameter. The leaves have five main veins that allow them to disperse water to avoid the growth of fungi and mold, and the fruits have one seed each.
Gardening was H. F. du Pont’s first love. He experimented with thousands of plants, refining the color combinations that are the essence of the Winterthur Garden in Delaware. Winterthur’s naturalistic garden is a masterpiece of color and design and is surrounded by nearly 1,000 acres of meadows, farmland, and waterways. We didn’t experience the blooming colors during our visit as the flowering season had ended.
Inside the two biomes at Eden Project (in England) are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. The covered biomes are constructed from a tubular steel (hex-tri-hex) with mostly hexagonal external cladding panels made from the thermoplastic ETFE.
The Rainforest Biome is the largest indoor rainforest in the world with over 1,000 varieties of plants.