We visited Vivero Ecologico La Gallina when we travelled to Nicaragua over the Christmas holidays. This ecological nursery is located near the Masaya volcano, which is just south of Managua in one of the most fertile areas of the country. We loved visiting this rural district for its beautiful scenery, local artisans, and impressive nursery.
Although the nursery is open to tourists, it primarily sells plants, plant products and accessories to Nicaraguans. (As tourists, we weren’t actually permitted to take plants out of the country.) Farmers, townspeople and businesses all buy their decorative plants here.
The nursery specializes in native Nicaraguan plants, but carries some imports and a large number of grafted plants. We loved the fresh scents of coriander and cinnamon, and were impressed by the jasmines, heliotropes, cacti and foliage of many kinds that covered several acres.