A vision of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens that has simmered quietly on the backburner for the past few years is suddenly back in the limelight in a major way. Longtime donors to the Gardens have now pledged to match contributions to the Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids dollar for dollar up to $100,000 USD from now until December 31st, 2013 towards our overall project goal of $350,000 USD. There is now a sense of urgency like never before to share what the Gardens means to our community and to the conservation of Mexico’s precious natural resources.
Public gardens bring beauty and pride to their communities and are considered places of culture and inspiration. We are confident that our new orchid conservatory will become an iconic landmark destination for our region and that our excellence in plant care and display will ensure that it teems with the best examples of the exquisite natural beauty of Mexico. This conservatory is sure to build added value into Vallarta as a tourism generator, maintaining and even strengthening the backbone of our local economy. For these reasons we feel that this project means more than just plants but will be of great benefit to the people of our community.
Since receiving the exciting news of this matching gift program only a few short weeks ago, fellow board members and I have shared this opportunity with a handful of other garden donors and supporters. We have already received thousands of dollars in our conservatory account and thousands more have been pledged. We can feel the excitement of this project quickly building in momentum and our inspiration will soon change into construction as we continue to receive support. Your donation can help secure that this project will become a reality in 2014. Please consider what the Vallarta Botanical Gardens means to you and to Vallarta. Please share in our vision to showcase Mexican orchids—true wonders of this country’s biodiversity.
To make your contribution online please do so through our Conservatory Campaign Page
(preferred) or our FundRazr Campaign through Facebook. The Gardens’ Executive Director, Neil Gerlowski, and the project architect, Joe Sanchez, are available to answer individual questions about this project and can be scheduled for speaking engagements for potential donors.
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.”
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
The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.
—Frank Lloyd Wright
Palms to Pines Highway Progress
For years, the scenic highway from Vallarta to the Gardens has been showing the wear of heavy traffic and seasonal storms with a collection of potholes that have become infamous. We were delighted to see road crews begin patching these potholes last month. We were completely shocked to see that…
…they didn’t stop with the patching but began paving over both lanes of highway in a brand new blanket of asphalt. Beginning in Boca de Tomatlán, the highway has been resurfaced from there to Mismaloya and our hope is that they continue all of the way to the concrete surfacing in Punta Negra. Your next trip to the Gardens will likely be the smoothest voyage here that you’ve ever experienced.
“Whatever a man’s age, he can reduce it several years by putting a bright-colored flower in his button-hole.”
The Gardens are now officially opened year round! Our summer hours are 9 am – 6 pm Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays). In September we will be opened with a reduced staff and have postponed our daily 1 pm tours until October. Our restaurant will be opened with a limited menu and our bar will remain fully opened. Please do visit us during September and experience the Gardens at this unique time of the year.
Peak Butterfly Season Begins
Bird watching is a popular pastime for Garden visitors, but these are not the only winged animals that captivate nature lovers here. Butterflies return to the stage at the Gardens in a big way during September and increase in numbers and varieties of species until their peak viewing season in November. From the large elegant white “guardian angels” to miniature species in fascinating arrangements of color, these delicate creatures float through the sky as if flowers in animation.
Botanical gardens make for the best of places to view butterflies because…
…of our great varieties of plants. Colorful flowers attract most species as sugar-rich nectar sources. Other plants in the Gardens are hosts to the larva for many butterflies which also can be found in great variety here. Last but not least, the Rio Los Horcones bordering the VBG provides moist banks for butterflies to take in nutrients including salt and other minerals. Of course, this also provides the weary butterfly watcher with a great excuse to relax for a dip in these rejuvenating waters. We hope to have you join us for butterfly season sometime soon!
Mexican Orchid of the Month
Barkeria scandens is a delicate epiphyte found in dry oak forests of Michoacán, Guerrero, and Oaxaca. It blooms during the fall with densely flowered inflorescences. This is just one example of the kinds of endemic orchids that will be on display at our new Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids which will be coming soon…with your help!
(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 Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids; please click here to donate today!
Roble de Oro Environmental Awards 2013
On August 17th, the Gardens hosted a special award ceremony to honor several people who have worked towards conserving our region’s natural resources and contributing toward a better environment. Thanks again to these important environmental leaders.
Upgrading a computer?
Consider donating your old PC to the Gardens
Laptop computers have an average lifespan of about 4 years and desktop units sometimes reach 8 years, but many people upgrade to newer units much sooner than that. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens are happy to receive computers in good condition as donations.
US taxpayers may be able to claim their donation in their taxes through our 501(c)(3) “Friends of Vallarta Botanical Gardens A.C.” Check with your CPA for specifics on such a donation.
As 75% of the fossil fuels used during the life of a computer are consumed during the manufacturing process, extending the unit’s life by giving it to a charity also conserves energy and protects our planet. Make your PC into a green gift!
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
Eric Chamberlain & Joseph Weidman
Christopher Davidson & Sharon Christoph
The Galeana Family
Frank Glinsky & Eric Grossman
The Holstein Family
The McCall Family
Charles & Judith Silberstein
Barbarita & Bob Sypult
COPA DE ORO MEMBERS:
Jim & Kimberly Bennett
Villa Los Arcos
Dr. James Manne
No Way José! Restaurant-Bar
Darrell Rumsey & Mel Maeda
Roger & Joana Smith
David & Pam Tomlin
Devin & Ellen Zagory
We Also Thank the Following Foundations for Their Recent Support: Charles H. Stout Foundation
Optics for the Tropics
Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation
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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