Dear Friends of the Gardens,
Puerto Vallarta’s Bugambilea Festival (May 17-25th) was an incredible success with dancing, celebrations, and of course plenty of our favorite “boogie” blossoms. Our dream to turn Puerto Vallarta into the “City of Bougainvilleas” is turning into a reality not just from these festivities, but also from the hard work of the volunteers with the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club and the sponsors of the many planter boxes they have already installed. We’re tremendously excited about the urban rejuvenation these beautification efforts have already had and look forward to realizing our vision for an even more prosperous and gorgeous city.
Many thanks are due to volunteers from the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, and the festival sponsors, especially Tequila Patrón for their generous donation of fine tequila for this event.
To the delight of hummingbirds, butterflies, and Garden guests of all types we have planted native Mexican zinnias to replace our winter wildflowers. We hope you are able to join us in admiring these stunning new blooms. Another miracle of life that will happen shortly will be the yearly transformation of our forests from the end of the dry season to nearly instant lush greenery after the start of the rainy season.
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens have been declared a “TOP 10 North American Garden Worth Travelling For in 2013,” by the Garden Tourism Conference of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and consistently rank in the TOP 10 Attractions of Puerto Vallarta on Trip Advisor. To those of you in Puerto Vallarta, please come up to the mountains and visit us soon; to those of you in other places, we’re worth the travel!
From the Gardens,
Bob Price, Curator and Founder
A Volunteer’s Paradise
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens were recently visited by several volunteers from the Peace Corps and Angel Pineda, the Mexican Director of this US-based organization whose work throughout the world goes a long way to helping important humanitarian and environmental causes. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens are now under consideration to help host a Peace Corps Volunteer along with…
Mary Hektner, John Sacklin and Melanie Ingalls are volunteers with the United States Peace Corps here in Mexico. John and Mary are working at Parque Nacional Volcán Nevado de Colima near Ciudad Guzman in southern Jalisco. Both retired from careers with the National Park Service in the United States. They were at Yellowstone National Park for nearly 20 years, and they worked at Redwood National Park prior to that. Mary is a plant ecologist and is assisting Nevado de Colima with identification and mapping of fir trees (oyamel or Abies), while John is a park planner helping with information and interpretation at Nevado de Colima.
Melanie is a communications professional who worked in senior management for conservation organizations in the United States–including the National Audubon Society and the Trustees of Reservations—before joining the Peace Corps. She is working with CONAFOR (the Mexican forest service) in Aguascalientes, and is based in the state tree nursery where she is developing and implementing an integrated interpretive plan. She is also working with the national Golden Eagle recovery team in its pilot volunteer nest monitoring project.
The Peace Corps has been working in México since 2004, and currently about 60 volunteers are working throughout central México. The volunteers are helping fulfill the mission of the Peace Corps, which is to provide assistance to the Mexican people by responding to their needs with qualified volunteers, promote knowledge and understanding of Americans to the Mexican people, and promote knowledge and understanding of the Mexican people to Americans.
We will also be closed for the month of September.
Representing Our Gardens Internationally
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens Executive Director, Neil Gerlowski, just returned from Phoenix, Arizona where he represented us at the annual conference of the American Public Garden’s Association along with directors and staff from gardens throughout the US, Canada, and as far away as Jerusalem, Lebanon, Jordan, and…
Mexican Orchid of the Month
This miniature sized species is found in central Oaxaca in the transition zone between tropical deciduous forests and dry oak forests either as epiphytes perched upon these trees or lithophytes clinging to limestone boulders.
(Many thanks to Vallarta Orchid Society President T. J. Hartung for permission to draw on information from his publication “Orchids Found ONLY in Mexico,” available in the Gardens‟ gift store.) We continue to seek sponsors for the Conservatory for the National Collection of Mexican Orchids; please click here to donate today!
Happy Father’s Day
Bring your Dad to the Gardens
Sunday, June 16th
Beat the higher temperatures of town and bring dear old dad to visit the Gardens. With miles of hiking trails and swimming in the Rio Horcones, the VBG remains one of the region’s top destinations for families to enjoy nature together.
The Summer Solstice
Friday June 21st, 2013
11 am to 4 pm
Enjoy our Ritual Ceremony at 12:30 pm. Then enjoy the gardens and your fortune told by one of 3 psychics in the Hacienda de Oro from 1 to 4 pm (all contributions for fortunes are on a donation basis).
Ladies That Lunch II
Sunday, June 23
1 to 5 pm
After our first success we are back again!
SUMMER SPECIAL: $350 pesos per person (gratuity not included).
- Includes entrance to gardens
- A wine and cheese reception
- Tour of the gardens and the solarium
- Sit down lunch
- Menu of Salad or Tortilla Soup
- MAIN DISH – Grilled Chicken or Fresh Fish (served with rice and grilled vegetables)
- And lastly…Fresh fruit and pastry served table side
For more information call Steve at 322-223-6182 or email [email protected]
INVITE A FRIEND AND IT´S 2 FOR $600 PESOS
Hummingbirds at the Gardens
The International Day of the Hummingbird Celebration on May 15th was a great success thanks to volunteer bird guides Alejandro Martinez Rodriguez and Luis Morales who helped identify seven different species. Other volunteers from Entre Amigos, the San Pancho Community Center, led a workshop in building hummingbird feeders from recycled materials. Until the first rains hit and the hummingbirds have more options for nectar sources, we continue to be one of the hottest spots in the region for these feathered delights.
Garden Amenities and Services
Visit the Gardens’ Hacienda de Oro Restaurant for authentic Mexican food and brick-oven pizza. Our new menu includes delicious dishes such as fish and shrimp tacos. Hike the Gardens’ nature trails and bask in tropical mountain scenery. Experience the Orchid Conservatory, Gift Shop, plant nursery, tequila tasting and more. You can even shop the Gardens remotely through our online store. The very best of Vallarta!
Please Become a Member or Renew Your Membership
Become part of the family that preserves this important sanctuary forever!
Become a member today. Click here for more information: Memberships.
We Would Like to Acknowledge Our Trustees
and Copa de Oro Sponsors for Their Ongoing Support
of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens:
Gary & Susan Adamson
Alan & Patricia Bickell
Barry Briskin & Dr. Susannah Briskin
Christopher Davidson & Sharon Christoph
The Galeana Family
The Holstein Family
Charles & Judith Silberstein
Barbarita & Bob Sypult
COPA DE ORO MEMBERS:
Jim & Kimberly Bennett
The McCall Family—Villa Los Arcos
Dr. James Manne
Marcelo Mico Pilates
No Way José! Restaurant-Bar
Roger & Joana Smith
Timothy Real Estate Group
Devin & Ellen Zagory
We Also Thank the Following Foundations for Their Recent Support:
Charles H. Stout Foundation
Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation
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The Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Your Best Vacation Value!
Spend the day in the Gardens for only $60 pesos.
Located 30 minutes south of Old Town, Puerto Vallarta, on Carretera a Barra Navidad at km 24, just past Las Juntas y Los Veranos.
Telephone (322) 223-6182
Open from 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday