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Anne Gordon de Barrigón of Whale Watching Panama/Emberá Village Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Orchids Panama flowers – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, you can see beautiful flowers, plants, and trees in Panama and you will always see them. There are all kinds of plants and flowers in Panama that you can observe. Some people ask, “What’s the best season for flowering?” But really, there is always something blooming here, regardless of the time of year.
 
Boquete has a flower festival in January. El Valle de Anton has great, beautiful flowers. When you walk out the forest and go to the rivers and lakes, you will see all kinds of fabulous flowers and different shades of green, unique plants. It is great.
 
Tree Corotu_Ciudad_del_Saber – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWe have orchids, heliconia, and there are flowers that are part of the poinsettia family. There are wild ylang-ylang, from which they make perfume. We also have big white night-blooming flowers and the guaiacum tree, which every dry season blooms yellow. There are flame trees that have a bright red color. You will also see barrigon trees here, which are the big belly trees. Another is the espave tree, which is a very tall tree that the Indians used to make their dugout canoes out.  It was named espave because that was the short for the Spanish word esparaver, which means "to see," because the Spaniards would climb that tree to see where they were, when they were first out here exploring.
 
There are lots of different trees like the Panama tree, the guaiacum, which is in the oak family, teakwood – we have teakwood plantations, but they are not native to Panama. There are 40 different varieties of palms in Panama, including coconuts. There are also pine trees and bamboo, but they were all introduced.
 
There is also the cuipo tree. A cuipo is a very tall tree that doesn’t have any branches until the top, which is usually taller than the rest of the canopy. That is the tree that the harpy eagle, which is the largest eagle in the world and is found here in Panama, uses to nest in.
 
Bill Hamilton of Bill Hamilton – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
cashew nut tree – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingSince we have lived here, the locals have been telling us about the different trees and the different flowers and how to grow them. They even provide us with organic manure. 
 
For example, this guy provided us a tree, planted it with the organic manure and did everything for us for US $2.50 a tree. I think that is a good deal. 
 
You also learn about the different fruits, which I didn’t know you could eat. We have a palm tree and I didn’t know what its uses were. It has round balls underneath, the same size as a golf ball but a bit bigger. Apparently you can knock into the tree, split the fruit open, take the sap out and ferment it. It makes an alcoholic drink. It can also be used for cooking. 
 
Another thing I’ll mention is the cost of plants here. We found a nearby nursery where I can’t believe how cheap the plants are. I bought a lovely tree, I can’t remember the name, but it looks like a rose and it grows up to a big beautiful tree. I also bought four passion fruit plants, a lemon tree, an orange tree and a grape fruit tree. The whole lot cost me $7.50. They’re all healthy. I planted and the passion fruit are already growing like mad on the terrace so I’m hoping to have some passion fruit this year.
 
We have mango trees here so you just pick your mangoes. I have another tree which they call a chumbo, prickly pear. We have guanabana, soursop and cashew nut tree (pictured) all over. You can make a fruit juice out of the red fruit of the cashew. You can take them off from the bottom and you roast them over a charcoal fire and you have your cashew nuts. 
 
It is a gardener’s paradise. Everything grows here. It’s wonderful. 
 
Shai Gold of International-Triage Medical Networks – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The reality is not what is seen in "National Geographic".... The tropical weather of Panama is not conducive for growing fragile flowers.  The heavy rain drowns everything except the most hardy plants.
 
In Panama City there are few small green-lungs [an area of parkland within a town or city, considered in terms of the healthier environment it provides].
 
When one travels through Panama, the tropical green is impressive.  However, there is also a clear sense that visual esthetics are simply not part of the local culture.  The only colorful features along many roads are....discarded garbage.   Sorry to disappoint you, but this the reality of Panama..    
 
   
Randy Hilarski of High Impact Media Group Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Panama City is getting better and better when it comes to green areas. Check out the new La Cinta Costera expansion. Here is a n image I recently took.
 
Flowers on La CInta Costera Panama CIty, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI highly recommend you check out Parque Omar in San Francisco. It is an old Golf Course turned into a city park.
 
If you have time for a day trip you definitely should go to El Valle and check out the zoo! It is hibiscus heaven!
 
Now if you want the best view of flowers check out Boquete. It is a 6 hour trip away from the city but the experience is well worth it!
 
Enjoy your time in this beautiful country we call home!
 
 
 
 
 
Captain Carl Davis of Jungle Land Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, you can definitely see beautiful flowers, plants and trees in Panama! Each region is very different. Panama offers a range of different scenery and landscape: beaches, Caribbean islands, highlands, mountains, jungle scenes etc. Depending on how much time and resources you have, you can easily combine all of the above for an incredibly diverse sightseeing vacation.
 Beautiful Guayacan Tree in Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingHowever, if you are a little bit short on time and will only be staying in Panama City, I recommend that you at least take a day trip to the Gamboa or Lake Gatun area. It is only half an hour from Panama City and will allow you to see some of the most spectacular flowers, plants and trees that Panama has to offer. I have a posted a video that gives you a good preview of the flowers, plants and trees that you can enjoy in the Panama Canal zone. 
 

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