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Fundación Jardín Etnobotánico Villa Ludovica

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Colombia - Magdalena - Santa Marta

Institution Code: LUDO

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

About the Fundación Jardín Etnobotánico Villa Ludovica

Villa Ludovica Ethnobotanical Garden immersed and surrounded by the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. A non-profit organization founded in 2000 for the purpose of recovering the traditional indigenous knowledge of plants. Much of this knowledge forms an important contribution to research and development, particularly in areas such as pharmaceuticals, and agricultural and cosmetic products. In the context of these uses, Indigenous peoples claim that their rights as traditional holders and custodians of this knowledge are not adequately recognized or protected.

The aim of Villa Ludovica Ethnobotanical Garden is to demand not only recognition and protection of this ethnobotanical knowledge, but also the right to share equitably in benefits derived from the uses of it. Through this garden we are promoting the training with Indigenous people to value their own knowledge and therefore achieve added value to the enormous Biodiversity of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and have a physical space to carry out research, in a very endangered ecosystem like is the Tropical Dry Forest to which Indigenous people have little access.

Villa Ludovica Ethnobotanical Garden is member of the Latin American Ethnobotanical Sister Gardens Network., with the support of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies of the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. The sister garden concept was established in 1998 with the goal of creating a network of gardens to encourage documentation, conservation, education and horticultural maintenance of native Latin American plant material. An educational outreach program with local school children is currently underway at the garden, providing an opportunity for children to share and experience the many cultural uses of plants of their own region and learn more about the field of ethnobotany.

Our organization is planning to inaugurate formally the garden in 2008. However prior to the formal inauguration, a big amount of work is needed. Such effort consists basically in ordering, consolidating and labeling the collection of about 100 species of medicinal plants already identified. The area of approximately of one hectare of Tropical Dry Forest, around Villa Ludovica that will be adapted as the visitors center of the Ethnobotanical Garden. Very little infrastructure is needed, but it is necessary to build an entrance, with the facilities required to open to the public to a target local population of about 100.000 persons and a floating population of about 200.000 a year.

The budget to bring the actual setting to the standards for the opening is of U.S.$150,000 dollars and we are fund raising this sum through multiple ways, and some grant writing. One of the ways we are using is to build a range of groups (members, research members, donors, sponsors, and patrons both individual and corporate ) that have known Villa Ludovica and are willing to help to preserve the house and it’s surroundings, becoming a member in its different categories of the Ethnobotanical Garden.

We are in our initial steps and we still need grant funds to pay for printing of brochures, invitations, conference handouts, packages and develop formal and informal education resources for learners of all ages.

Main Address:
Fundación Jardín Etnobotánico Villa Ludovica
Avienda del Libertador No 15-03
El Cerro
Santa Marta
Magdalena A.A.058 Colombia

Telephone: 57 5 4216644; 57 3 108139701
Fax: 57 1 5307853
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Guillermo E. Rodriguez-Navarro
    Curator's Name: Adriana Fermina Goenaga De Bedout
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Santiago Madriñan
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 4
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1988
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Total Area: 1 Hectares
    Latitude: 11.2753
    Longitude: -74.1906
    Annual Rainfall: 350 mm
    Altitude: 35.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 220 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Jardin Etnobotanico Villa Ludovica
  • Local Address: Avenida del Libertador Carrera 15 EL Cerro
  • Locality: City: Santa Marta
  • Locality: State: Magdalena

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: No
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 60
    Number of Volunteers: 6

Plant Collections

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

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