The history of the Lankester Botanical Garden dates back to the 1940s When British naturalist Charles H. Lankester was interested in the cultivation and study of epiphytic plants in Costa Rica. As an amateur botanist have collaborated with orchideologists The most prominent of the time and dedicated his life to the creation of a private garden on his estate. After his death the importance of preserving his garden was evident. Through the joint efforts of the American Orchid Society and the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, the “Don Carlos” garden was Donated to the University of Costa Rica on March 2 , 1973 with the commitment to transform it into a botanical garden. With much dedication and effort, the Lankester Botanical Garden has become one of the most active and important institutions in the Neotropics botanical.