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VBG Featured in BBC's 'Mexico' Documentary Series

July 18, 2016

Stanhopea radiosa and Euglossine bees in the Vallarta Botanical Garden (Photo credit: Anahí Caballero)

Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico - Catching the attention of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the largest broadcaster in the world, requires something extraordinary. Their widely acclaimed natural history documentaries are especially known for showcasing some of the most spectacular and unusual wildlife.

In the case of the Vallarta Botanical Garden (VBG), it's not a giant jaguar or a majestic macaw that's grabbed their interest, but rather something quite small and delicate - native Mexican orchids and their unique pollinators.

In this case, a tribe of iridescent green and metallic blue native bees are the exclusive pollinators of some phenomenally exquisite orchids with ingenious mechanisms of pollen transfer. The bees are not attracted by nectar, of which the orchids make none, but rather visit to compete for glorious fragrances to attract their mates. Competitions often ensue with riveting high-speed spectacles of aerial fights.

The BBC has sent a team including a producer, researchers, and a camera crew to catch footage of this for their upcoming documentary series, "México," due for release in 2017.

The Vallarta Botanical Garden, located 24 kilometers south of Old Town Puerto Vallarta, is the Banderas Bay region's most popular living museum. A constant presence in TripAdvisor's Top Ten "Things To Do in Puerto Vallarta," it is also on the Top Ten list of "North American Gardens Worth Travelling For" by the North American Garden Tourism Conference. Visitors may explore inspirationally landscaped grounds, fascinating botanical collections, impressive plant conservatories, and adventurous trails through the forest preserve. For more information please visit vbgardens.org or email Alejandra Flores at ale(at)vbgardens.org.

Click HERE to learn more about the Vallarta Botanical Garden.