News from Around Banderas Bay | July 2008
|Botanical Gardens for Groups and Events|
Alice Carter-Tyler - PVNN
When city life becomes a little too hectic in Puerto Vallarta, it would be appealing to escape to somewhere that you can appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings. The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens seem like they've been plucked straight from the Garden of Eden. Located just twelve kilometres south of Puerto Vallarta, the Gardens are nestled high in the Sierra Madre Mountains, accessible by car or bus.
The friendly and knowledgeable staff members at the Gardens are Mexican plant life enthusiasts who aim to provide an informative and relaxing visit, and with such a variety of wildlife, the Gardens offer something to keep every age group happy; from a Rose Garden for the romantic to jungle trails for the adventurous and a Carnivorous Plants area for the younger generation!
Aside from the natural beauty, the artistically designed Plantation House Visitor's Centre provides guests with a chance to unwind, serving typical Mexican foods with a brick pizza oven and alfresco dining.
The Botanical Gardens' vibrant and elegant settings also offer the perfect location for weddings and special occasions. Over recent years, they have become a choice venue for couples planning to get married in Vallarta, as a alternative to the typical Mexican beach or church wedding that would initially spring to mind.
With towering mountain peaks providing the backdrop and several areas that are perfect for groups and weddings, the staff strives to create events tailored to suit everyone's tastes. A spacious, typical Hacienda-style restaurant and bar caters for lunch, hors d'oeuvre and dinner overlooking the dramatic Rio Los Horcones, while the Orchid Conservatory offers natural, elegant surroundings for a wedding ceremony.
Whether it be a daytime or evening event, the Hall of Flowers is the perfect place to relax while enjoying a dance or sit-down meal. With a homey feel, the Botanical Gardens can accommodate up 150 guests in the Orchid Conservatory and has been known to host as many as 400 inside the Hacienda!
Having only opened in recent years, the gardens have made a name in the local community as one of the most beautiful natural areas around, not only providing enticing surroundings in which to relax, but also a place of learning, where staff educate guests about authentic Mexican wildlife.
The Botanical Gardens also offers two tours, both involving a trip into the private forest reserve. While the hiking tour gives visitors opportunities to see Indian rock carvings, forest glades and stunning scenery, an opportunity to view some priceless bird life such as hummingbirds is available on the bird watching tour.
In order to make your day special, buses are arranged to transport you and your guests from Puerto Vallarta and back again from the gardens. The Events Coordinator, Dianna Madsen, is available beforehand to help plan the big day and offer advice and services on every little detail of your event. Whenever possible they like to offer flowers from their own Gardens, coming up with unique and exotic arrangements.
Having built the hacienda and designed the gardens from scratch in just a few years, Robert Price has accomplished a remarkable task with a truly rewarding result. With such incredible natural beauty and fine hospitality combined, the Botanical Gardens provide an impressive, enchanting place for a group outing or special event.
Located 30 minutes south of Old Town at Km. 24 on Highway 200, Vallarta Botanical Gardens offer something to keep every age group happy; from a Rose Garden for the romantic to jungle trails for the adventurous and a Carnivorous Plants area for the younger generation! The Botanical Gardens' vibrant and elegant settings also offer the perfect venue for weddings and special occasions. For more information, call (322) 223-6182 or visit VallartaBotanicalGardensAC.org.
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Alice Carter-Tyler is a participant with Global Volunteer Projects. Having travelled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from Devon, England; she is working as an intern with BanderasNews as part of Global Volunteer's Journalism placement project for the month of July 2008. In October 2008, she is starting her studies in English at University, after which she plans to pursue a career with journalistic influences.