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JULY 2013 Leaflet

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens Leaflet

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Contents

Features

The Curator’s Corner
Top Shelf Comost
Lost Birds of Mexico
Mexican Orchid of the Month

Closure Reminder
Upcoming Events:

Mexican National Arbor Day
Rainforest Festival

Information

Garden Amenities and Services
Please Join Us
A Thank-You to Our Sponsors
A Request for Feedback
General Visitor Information

 

 

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Curator’s Corner

Dear Friends of the Gardens,

Our recent inclusion in the list of the “TOP 10 Gardens in North America Worth Traveling For” by the Canadian Garden Tourism Conference confirms what we have already known to be true: a visit to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a world-class experience. Crunching the numbers, we’ve confirmed a hunch that until now we couldn’t easily quantify: with an entry fee of only 60 pesos per person, a visit to the VBG is an unparalleled value!

“TOP 10 Gardens in North America Worth Traveling For”

As declared by the Garden Tourism Conference, March 19, 2013

Garden Location

Adult Admission Rates

USD/CAN

MXN

Atlanta Botanical Garden Atlanta, GA, USA

18.95

~250

The Butchart Gardens Victoria, BC, CAN

30.20

~400

Chanticleer Garden Wayne, PA, USA

10.00

~130

Filoli Woodside, CA, USA

15.00

~200

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond, VA, USA

11.00

~145

Missouri Botanical Garden St Louis, MO, USA

8.00

~105

Montreal Botanical Garden Montreal, QC, CAN

18.75

~245

Portland Japanese Garden Portland, OR, USA

9.50

~125

Springs Preserve Las Vegas, NV, USA

18.95

~250

Vallarta Botanical Gardens Puerto Vallarta, JAL, MX

~4.60

60

Average Adult Admission Rate:

14.50

~190

Note: Conversion rate used: 13 MXN = 1 USD/CAN
~ = approximate conversion from USD/CAN to MXN or vica versa.

 

Swimming in the Rio Horcones

Summertime is our most popular season for year-round Vallarta residents and their families. With our cool mountain breezes and refreshing swimming opportunities along the Rio Los Horcones, we’re a great place to “beat the heat” when it warms up in the lower elevations. Just check the water level first; a big rainstorm can turn this peaceful river into a whitewater torrent overnight! In that case, hiking along the banks can provide some thrilling views until the river settles back down again.

The forest has come to life once again since the season’s first rains earlier this month and the gardens’ jungle trails are radiant with fresh greenery and flowers to revel in. One particular plant that may catch your attention during this season is the Tillandsia ionanthia. A member of the bromeliad a.k.a pineapple family, tillandsias include Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) which ranges from the southeastern United States to Argentina. The T. ionanthia, especially its Mexican variety, is a much showier plant with leaves that become bright red before their deep purple flowers emerge. These flowers are also a popular hummingbird attractant found throughout the Gardens.

Without the direct government funding that many of the other “TOP 10 Gardens in North America Worth Traveling For” receive we thank our members and donors for allowing us to continue our mission, “to create Mexico’s foremost botanical garden for the discovery, study, propagation, conservation and display of native and exotic plants for the enjoyment of Puerto Vallarta’s residents and our visitors.”

Sierra Madre Mountain Delights

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 well worth the travel!

From the Gardens,
Bob Price, Curator and Founder

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Blossoms of Plumeria

Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you. –Rumi

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Top Shelf Compost

Patrón Spirits Company has long been renowned for its top shelf tequila. Now the Vallarta Botanical Gardens have been the happy recipient of a new product of theirs—top shelf compost!

The “piñas” or “hearts” of agave as they are known in English, are roasted to make the mash that is then fermented and distilled to form this beverage, but what happens to the byproduct? Unfortunately, many distillers simply pour these nutrient depleted liquids and fibers out as trash. For an environmentally responsible company like Patrón however, this was never an option. They invested in state-of-the art facilities to churn and aerate these byproducts until they form usable compost. And what an incredible compost it yields!

Patron Agave Compost

Several truckloads of this compost was donated to the Gardens and it didn’t take long to discover how well it serves. Within weeks, the Garden’s curator had several people ask about what was done differently in the rose garden to prompt such bountiful blossoms. Expecting to hear of a miraculous new brand of fertilizer or pesticide, they were surprised to hear that the answer is in the dirt—by mixing in nutrient rich compost.

Thank you Tequila Patrón for the compost and for demonstrating leadership in environmental responsibility here in Jalisco State!

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Lost Birds of Mexico

A novel project in the US, the “Lost Bird Project” www.lostbirdproject.org is promoting environmental consciousness and conservation of endangered birds by memorializing extinct species with somber and thought provoking bronze statues.
An endemic Mexican bird, the Imperial Woodpecker (Campephilus imperialis), unfortunately already qualifies for the growing list of birds that are gone forever. The Imperial Woodpecker was the largest…

member of the Picidae Family with a length of up to 60 cm—monstrous when compared to the smallest species of this family that only reach 7.5 cm upon maturity.

The Imperial Woodpecker once ranged throughout the Western Sierra Madres from Sonora to Michoacán and was not considered uncommon until the 1950’s when habitat loss and hunting rapidly reduced populations.

The last confirmed sighting of this bird was in Durango State in 1956 and more recent studies indicate that it likely survived into the 90’s. Still officially listed as critically endangered, many hopeful birders visiting the pine covered mountains just beyond the Gardens keep their eyes out for this incredible creature just in case a few remaining birds have escaped detection in sections of their former range.

The sad reality is that the chance for such a miraculous rediscovery is slim to none and official confirmation of its extinction is likely to be declared soon. As sad as this is, we can use it as a call to action in the imperative conservation work for other endangered species.

The Military Macaw, one of the largest and most emblematic parrots of Mexico is disappearing at an alarming rate right before our eyes from continued habitat loss and poaching. Vast swaths of the Military Macaw’s habitat, tropical dry forests, are destroyed every day and the few remaining wild birds are captured for the illegal pet trade at a rate which will soon make them disappear from our skies if decisive action is not taken soon.

The Gardens, while working with other activists are doing its part in protecting the Macaws through environmental education, community forest conservation initiatives, nest box introduction, and nest site monitoring and vigilance.

With your help we can do more. Please contact us at [email protected] or 322 223 6182 if you wish to help with any of these important projects. Don’t ever take for granted what may not be here tomorrow.

Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Alfred Lord Tennyson (from Ulysses)

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Mexican Orchid of the Month

Barkeria naevosa

Barkeria naevosa

This miniature Epiphytic orchid is found along the Pacific coast from sea level to 1600 meters in the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca. Its flowers, which bloom from late fall until early spring, are highly fragrant.

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!

An artist’s sketch of our much-anticipated Orchid Conservatory

Concervatorio

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Closed

Please keep in mind that the Gardens will remain closed on Mondays until December.
We will also be closed for the month of September.

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Tree Planting

Mexican National Arbor Day

Thursday, July 11th

Forests have been nourishing civilizations long before written history, sometimes remaining underappreciated until we suffer the loss of trees through wildfires or our own destruction. Many cultures have long traditions of honoring trees, and by now most of the world’s countries have formal Arbor Day celebrations.

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens celebrates Mexico’s Día del Árbol this coming July 11. As a botanical garden, we emphasize the importance of plants to our lives and to the planet every day. We specifically recognize trees as the “lungs” of our planet, homes to some of our favorite animals and the source of…

many of our most prized resources.

VBG has even hosted events focused on specific species of trees, such as our annual Capomo Harvest Festival in March, in partnership with the Maya Nut Institute.

On July 12 you can join our celebration by planting a tree here at the Gardens or by purchasing one to take home to your home, rooftop, patio or windowsill garden.

We are offering an Arbor Day discount of 10% off amapas, primaveras and other native trees from our nursery.

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Rainforest Festival

July 20 – August 20th

The summer rains are upon us again in their full glory. During this enchanting time, cliff sides are transformed into waterfalls, arroyos become rios, and the forests trees are draped in every shade of green imaginable while all colors of the rainbow are represented in flowers and fruit. Two globally important culinary plants, vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) and cacao (Theobroma cacao) native to the rainforests of Mexico will be especially celebrated during our Rainforest Festival.
Stay tuned on Facebook for more information about this exciting time to revel in the splendor of the tropical forest.
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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!

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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.

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We Would Like to Acknowledge Our Trustees
and Copa de Oro Sponsors for Their Ongoing Support
of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens:

TRUSTEES:

Gary & Susan Adamson
Alan & Patricia Bickell
Adelaide Blomfield
Barry Briskin & Dr. Susannah Briskin
Edith Briskin
Christopher Davidson & Sharon Christoph
The Galeana Family
Pam Grissom
The Holstein Family
Richard Lindstrom
Ralph Osborne
Charles & Judith Silberstein
Anna Sortino
Issa Sweidan
Barbarita & Bob Sypult
Michael Trumboldt

COPA DE ORO MEMBERS:

Jim & Kimberly Bennett
Ron Gauny
Bury Gray
Paul Harrington
Robin Knepper
The McCall Family—Villa Los Arcos
Dr. James Manne
Marcelo Mico Pilates
No Way José! Restaurant-Bar
Darrell Rumsey
Roger & Joana Smith
Timothy Real Estate Group
Villa Balboa
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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We Appreciate Your Feedback!

We encourage you to write about your visit here on TripAdvisor,
to friend us on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter.
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Please support the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club by sponsoring a planter!
VallartaGardenClub.com

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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

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens Leaflet

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Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Resumes Activities

The Puerto Vallarta Garden Club recently announced their kick-off meeting for the season, to take place on Thursday, October 17, 11 am, at the Paradise Community Center on Púlpito St., in Colonia Emiliano Zapata. The guest speaker will be Bob Price, curator at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens.

August is almost over!… Saturday 24 to Friday 30

Welcome to our current Online Version of PVMirror published by Harvest Estudio.  Please remember that our August Articles are indexed below. If you are interested in advertise with us in our Online Version, please click here. If you want to read about Puerto Vallata Local News this Week (Saturday 24 to August Friday 30)  please visit our Printed Version City Paper Website.

Great News!… now you can list your property for sale on our Real Estate By-OnwerAffordable and it runs until you sell. Contact us at: [email protected]

Please remember that if you want to join in and share information, stories or photos of Costa Alegre, Puerto Vallarta, Banderas Bay and/or Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, please email them to: [email protected] Many thanks and God bless you.


* The PVMirror Art Gallery ©:
dante_homeSummer Sale at Galleria Dante! – In the fall of 2013, we are expanding! Due to construction, our artists are temporarily offering discounts on their works. In our Estate Sale, we have works by Patrick Denoun, Federico Leon de la Vega, Alejandro Colunga, Rafael Coronel, Alejandro Mondria, Meg Munro, Vea Xiradakis and others.  Sale ends October 31st, 2013. Read more

* Painter Adventures ©:

painter_homePlaces to live, places to eat – On occasion, I get nostalgia as I remember places I have lived in. It usually happens while I eat. Food seems to have such evocative power… This morning for example, as the weather has become hot, my tummy took me to the heart of Dixie and I suddenly wished I could add some grits on my fried eggs…corn bread, black-eyed peas, okra, hush puppies and then a peach cobbler suddenly poured into my culinary memory. Read more

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colibri-homeFunctional Art Part 2 – Outdoor Living – There’s a lot to be said about being outdoors in our part of the world. Marianne and I live here year round and we find that a breeze and shade are about all the air conditioning we ever need. The flowers are blooming, the birds singing and the hummingbirds constantly flit through the coleus flowers we have on the patio. It is also the best way to enjoy the natural symphony that the monsoon brings this time of yearRead more

patti-homePlay with Centerpieces and See What Fun YOU Can Have! –  We’ve done it before at the beach with shells and stones and simple candles, then again in the foothills of the Sandia Mountain with stones and crystal votive holders. Now we find ourselves with an abundant centerpiece for a magazine spread. Read more by Patti Say [New!]

* Wedding Destination Column:
Getting Married in Vallarta – Congratulations for choosing Puerto Vallarta as location for your destination wedding!! Puerto Vallarta is the premier destination for romantic, tropical weddings in Mexico. Rated by Modern Bride as the one of the most desirable destination wedding locations, so you are in the perfect place! Read more 
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jal-malecon-homeBuild It and They Will Come: La Peñita’s New Malecón is “Unofficially” Open – The phrase “build it and they will come” is exactly what is happening in La Peñita these days. It has been quite a journey the last several months, as we’ve all watched with great anticipation while the new malecón in La Peñita was being constructed. Even though the official inauguration has not taken place yet, the people of La Peñita are already taking advantage of this wonderful new addition to their town. Read more by Allyson Williams

jal-picaso-homeA Reflection by Picasso – Thankfully, I found my “gift” many years ago. At first, I reveled in the discovery of how amazing it is to express your emotions through artwork. Then there was the multitude of mediums to explore. That kept me busy for years. However, the best part of finding your “gift” is truly giving it away! Read more by Jo Lorimer

jal-summer-homeSurviving the Summer in Jaltemba Bay – The Rewards & Challenges – For me, the rainy season brings both rewards and challenges, some of which I shall recount here… You be the Judge and decide which is which. Let’s begin with the glorious greening of the surrounding countryside, the cooling off effect of the rains (as temporary as that is), and the re-emergence of a number of unusual critters. Read more by Christina Stobbs

jal-surfing-homeSan Pancho Surfing – We heard there was a surfing competition happening in San Francisco, or San Pancho, on August 3-4. We waited until Sunday morning to go with our pack of dogs… three to be exact. It was a beautiful day, there was sun but also a breeze, and we knew that the surfing would be fun to watch… and the dogs would be able to have some running time on the beach. Read more by Ellaine Spivak

sanpanchobird-homeBird conservation efforts are being made at Nayarit coast region! – With over 300 species of migratory and resident bird species, the Nayarit coast is perhaps one of the world´s most bird-diverse areas; such diversity of birdlife represents aninvaluable heritage that has captivated the eye of birdwatchers for decadesRead more

jaltembarob_homeRob’s Ramblings: Don’t Forget Property Taxes! – Many folks from up-north will be paying their property tax bills over the next few weeks. In one Canadian community, the city council is dealing with double-digit tax increases to recover from the loss of a major employer/tax cash-cowRead more by Rob Erickson

jaltembacharcol_homeAn Adventure to Find the Charcoal Ovens – It was a bright and beautiful morning. I bounced out of bed with the excitement of the day that laid before me. I had been invited by Tom Plattenberger to go on an ADVENTURE, and knowing how he loves to drive up into the mountains and seek out new and different things here in this beloved country… I WAS READY!Read more by Sarah Walker

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* Exploring The South Column ©:
exploring-homeDiscovering El Tuito, Mayto, and Tehuamixtle – Many locals and most tourists have never heard of these great places, just a short drive south of Puerto Vallarta. El Tuito, the most well known of the three, is only forty-five minutes on highway 200 from Vallarta. You drive through some very scenic country and a changing landscape along what is known as the palms to pines highway. Tuito is in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains and at an elevation of around 3,000 ftRead more

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The PVMirror City Paper Weekly Edition:
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For Local News, please visit: http://www.pvmcitypaper.com/ our Weekly PVMirror City Paper Printed Version. Or if you prefer, please click here to visit This Week (Saturday 24 to Friday 30) edition . Welcome to Puerto Vallarta!

title-mexicomirrorAmbitious Infrastructure National Plan –  President Enrique Peña Nieto announced an ambitious infrastructure development program for Mexico that will run through the end of his term in 2018, worth 4 trillion pesos, or $318 billion US dollars, which is almost twice the size of the plan implemented by the last administration. In addition, the President mentioned that the amount invested could be larger, considering the structural reforms that could be approved in the next few months. Read more by Intercam

F.A.T.C.A. Los Cabos Presentation – Read more by Intercam

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* Birds of Puerto Vallarta ©:
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Groove-billed Ani – (Crotophaga sulcirostris) – “Hey Petr, is there a species of a black parrot? ‘Cause I saw it – this weird black bird with a huge curved beak. Actually, there was a whole bunch of them!”  have heard this question (or similar versions of it) quite a few times since I became resident to BaderasBay several years ago. And I don’t blame the perplexed observers. The Groove-billed Ani, with its jet black body and a prominent heavy bill “decorated” with a series of deep groves, is indeed quite an unusually-looking bird. Read more

* Fishing Report Column ©:
fishing-home Monster Yellowfin Tuna, Huge Black Marlin and Dorado on Tap, August Explodes – High Season for Fishing officially is well under way and the machine is ready to start churning out Monster Yellowfin Tuna over 200 lbs at our world famous fishing grounds of Corbeteña and El Banco! Black Marlin upwards of 600 lbs will be common place this month and carry over into September. With the warm waters of summer bait moves into the bay and the general area. Read more

* Gardening in Paradise
paraiso_homeHeliconia – Tropical Spectaculars – Heliconia has many other names such as Lobster Claw, False Bird of Paradise, Parrot Heliconia and Wild Plantain. Heliconia is actually relative to the banana, and many of them exhibit banana like leaves, some narrow and some wide. While they are readily visible as cut flowers in local flower shops, these blossoms have been commercially grownRead more

* Natural Encounter
sunset_homeHave You Seen Puerto Vallarta’s Green Flashes? – Perhaps you’re among those fortunate enough to have witnessed a green flash at the instant the sun sets; however for most, they’ve only heard of the phenomenon. One such area for viewing the green flashes is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. According to most physicists, green flashes involve physical optics as well as physiological opticsRead more

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* Viewpoint Column ©:
viewpoint_homeFor Canadians Buying a Home in Mexico with a Mexican Mortgage – A visa is a requirement for lending banks and mortgage approval.  Lenders want clients to have a connection to Mexico beyond purchasing a property. They believe that by having a connection to Mexico, the client is less likely to default on the loan, and the bank is more protected.  These banks believe having migratory status is a sufficient connection to MexicoRead more

Great News!… now you can list your property for sale on our Real Estate By-Onwer.Affordable and it runs until you sell. Contact us at: [email protected]

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* Photo of the Week (Saturday 24 to Friday 30)

 

Partial view of Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit ● Photo by Harvest Estudio

Partial view of Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit ● Photo by Harvest Estudio

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