The Jardín Etnobotánico is a botanical garden located just behind the breathtaking Church of Santo Domingo and it features hundreds of species of plants, all of which are original from the state of Oaxaca, one of the most diverse states in terms of flora in the country. The plants are quite different due to the geological diversity of the state, while some come from arid climates, other plants are more tropical-looking. Coming to this botanical garden is a great way to get an insight of just how diverse Oaxaca is.
With over 7330 plants and seeds and over 1300 different species, Jardín Etnobotánico is a true delight to see. But seeing plants is not the only thing to do here, many sections of the botanical garden also feature history and give information of how ancient cultures such as the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs incorporated the flora into their lives. For instance, there is a section dedicated exclusively to a plant that grows in a cave near the archaeological site of Mitla, which was used by hunters and gatherers many centuries ago. In the cave, many remains of the things made using this plant were found as well as many seeds that were planted there over ten thousand years ago as well as the eldest proof of corn agriculture in the world.