About this website
Our web site is an informative site. We do not sell our plants and other
gardening items through our web site, but want to inform the garden
enthusiasts of Curaçao and those of its sister islands Aruba and Bonaire about
landscaping in our, rather difficult, climate.
But first a few remarks about the layout of this site.
The picture in our Start page shows the ‘Handelskade’ the most photographed
object in Curaçao (See
Curaçao.com for more information about our island in the Caribbean Sea).
From time to time we will publish interesting news on this page. New
plants, tips about gardening, interesting web sites, etc.
This page shows those plants most often visited in our database. (It is
constantly calculated and updated by the database). The second list shows
those plants that are used the most in Curaçao.
Here we tell the story about our company.
On this page you will find our addresses, phone and fax numbers and e-mail
address. It also shows maps to guide you to our locations.
In our guest book you can leave your remarks, questions and ideas for
everybody to read and or to respond to.
The Disclaimer is self explanatory.
About our website is where you are now.
And finally Search the Database. This is where you will find pictures,
botanical and common names and information about the plants. This information
is based on the way the plants perform under our local conditions.
How to use the database. If you know the name of the plant, type it in the
field behind ‘Plant name’ and click search. But what if you do not know the
name?? Well, you do not need the name of a plant to find it. Simply fill in a
few of the specific fields of the database by using the pull down menus. For
example, you can fill in: ‘palm’ under plant type and ‘gray’ under leave
color. Then click search and those palms with gray leaves will show up in a
list. Click the names shown one by one until you find the palm you’re looking
for. Click a picture and it will be enlarged. (If you don’t find the palm
you’re looking for, please let us know). The less search fields you fill in,
the longer the list of plants found will be.
Most search fields need no explanation, but Salt tolerance and Drought
tolerance do. The gardens in Curaçao are usually watered with well water. Our
well water is in most cases brackish. But because the quality differs from
well to well, it is therefore important to have the quality (salinity) of your
well water checked before you choose plants to landscape your garden with.
Some plants simply do not perform with brackish water. (Read more about water
quality under Botanical News from the Start Page). Plants differ much in
drought tolerance. But you also need to understand that the same plant will
react differently to drought in different climates. For example, in Florida a
Coconut palm is considered to be highly drought tolerant, while here in
Curaçao it will start to wilt within a week if not watered. So be careful with
what you read in books about plants.
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