The Botanical Garden of Santo Domingo was founded in 1976. This beautiful park was named in honor of Dr. Rafael M. Moscoso, a Dominican botanist who catalogued the flora in the island of Hispaniola in 1943. The park serves as a center for educational and scientific learning, as well as a world-class recreational facility. The garden expands over an area of 500 acres with numerous trails and roadways designed for its visitors to roam free and enjoy the riches of the Dominican Republic's tropical flora. El Jardin Botanico is a true national treasure, a living reminder that beauty like this cannot be taken for granted. We must do all we can to preserve and protect our environment: This is the legacy of Dr. Rafael M. Moscoso.