Wasiwaska’s Garden

Wasiwaska is the site of a developing botanical garden with a variety of species of sacred, medicinal and ornamental plants. We are also reforesting with native trees part of the property that was in the thirties used for growing sugar cane and manioc. There is a beautiful patch of Atlantic Rainforest within the property. We have papaya, avocado, several kinds of banana, passion fruit, guava, persimmon, loquat, acerola, sugar apple, black mulberry, figs, starfruit, grapes, Surinam sherries, oranges, tangerines, lemon trees and other. We have also geese, chickens and quails, and an orchard. Wasiwaska is a good place for bird watching, as increasingly more species come to feed from the fruit trees we have planted. Every year we have humming birds and other species building their nest and having their babies close to the house (we have no cats). We have daily visits, morning and evening, of groups of five or more noisy Speckled chachalacas (Ortalis guttata). Spectacular large Azure jays (Cyanocorax caeruleus) come to feed every day in our garden. We have spotted many times shy Giant Eood-Rail (Aramides ypecaha). Woodpeckers and even toucans may suddenly appear. Many species of smaller birds, including Giant Kiskadees (Pitangus sulphuratus) are common place. Butterflies of many colors visits us daily, and with a little bit of luck it is possible to see large colorful lizards, good to keep the snakes at bay.