The Chapultepec Botanical Garden is thought to have begun during the reign of Nezahualcóyotl. Chapultepec as whole was known as a nature reserve set aside for the rulers of Tenochtitlan and the Triple Alliance. They almost certainly cultivated some plants here for medicinal and nutritional purposes.
This modern version opened in 2006 on 5.3 hectares set aside within the park. A magnificent landscape, today it’s home to a valuable collection of native and introduced plants.
Since 2016, the garden has been rehabilitated and cared for by the organization, Plantando con Causa A.C. They’ve introduced world-class landscapers, botanists, horticulturists and biologists to painstakingly restore some 22 unique environments within the garden.
In 2017, the garden counted with more than 300 varieties of plants, distributed as follows:
- Pollination plants
- Edible plants
- Wetland plants
- 14 species of wild dahlias
- and an Arbor
There are other plants too. It’s vital part of the Chapultepec landscape, and one that’s not often crowded. City residents know, some parts Chapultepec’s Section One will grow very crowded on weekends. This area is a healthy exception to that rule.
Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Guided tours: Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.