Dr. Rafael Ma. Moscoso National Botanical Garden

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The main entrance to the garden.

Dr. Rafael Ma. Moscoso National Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico Nacional Dr. Rafael Ma. Moscoso) is a botanical garden in the heart of Santo Domingo. The park was founded in 1976 and was named after Dr. Rafael Ma. Moscoso, a Dominican botanist who cataloged the flora on the island of Hispaniola.[1]

The garden's symbol is a "guanito" leaf (Coccothrinax argentea) which is a palm tree found in the garden. The garden is a decentralized institution that reports to the Dominican Republic's Presidential Ministry of Management.


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Coordinates: 18°29′26″N 69°57′31″W / 18.49056°N 69.95861°W / 18.49056; -69.95861 (Dr%2E Rafael Ma. Moscoso National Botanical Garden) An open-air trolley (operating every 30 minutes until 4:30pm) takes passengers on a pleasant half-hour turn about the park and is especially enjoyable for children. The garden hosts a variety of events, including an orchid exhibition and competition in March and a bonsai exhibition in April