Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - In addition to exploring the 64 acres of native tropical plants and flowering trees, there's always something new to discover at Vallarta Botanical Garden! Founder Robert Price brings us up to date on some of the Garden's projects and tells us about some upcoming events you won't want to miss.
Additional nest box sponsorship opportunities, along with guided tours of these birds in their habitat are available through El Rancho el Santuario, a local natural bird sanctuary. If you're interested, please contact our friend Jorge from El Rancho el Santuario at (322) 223-6234 or novoapv(at)hotmail.com.
The Garden thanks Cheryl L. Wheeler for her generosity in funding the new Peacewalk through the Cheryl L. Wheeler International Peace Garden of Mexico. Construction is underway now and scheduled for completion soon.
Construction Continues on the Cactus and Succulent Plant Project
Vallarta Botanical Garden Volunteer Training
Calling all volunteers at the VBG! We are delighted to inform you there will be a volunteer training day and breakfast at the Vallarta Botanical Garden on Saturday, December 2, 2017 starting at 9 am and lasting until 2 pm. In addition to inviting new volunteers, all past volunteers are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Starting with a complimentary orientation breakfast (pre-registration requested), we'll share knowledge of the Garden and present opportunities for service toward our mission and vision. For more information, please contact VBG Volunteer Coordinator Keith Richert by email at: educadorambiental(at)vbgardens.org. Also, new volunteers are asked to please read over our information for volunteers on our website.
Come celebrate a Thanksgiving Feast in the Country at Vallarta Botanical Garden!
On Thursday, November 23, 2017, a Traditional Thanksgiving Feast will be served from 11 am until 6 pm. Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made by emailing admon(at)vbgardens.org, or calling (322) 223 6182.
Hot rolls and butter
Puréed sweet potato soup
Seasonal Garden Salad
Stuffed Roast Turkey with homemade gravy, mashed potatoes, artisanal stuffing, ginger glazed carrots, stewed fresh cranberries and green bean casserole
Choice of pumpkin pie or pecan pie with vanilla ice cream
Coffee (cafe de olla)
Choose from: 1 Cocktail, 1 glass of wine, 1 soft drink or 1 agua fresca
All for just $500 MXN per person (approx. $28 USD) Tip not included.
Please Note: Entrance to the Garden is free for members, general admission costs $150 pesos per person, for non-members. Corkage fee of $350 MXN per bottle for those who bring their own wine.
2018 Vallarta Bird Festival, March 911
Article and photo by Nancy Holland
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Vallarta Bird Festival, March 9, 10, and 11, hosted by the beautiful Vallarta Botanical Garden. The Vallarta Botanical Garden is situated on 64-acres at 1,300 ft above sea level in bird-rich Cabo Corrientes, just a short drive from Vallarta.
Bird photography workshops and educational seminars will be offered, along with exhibits, music, native dancers, and fun, all included with a daily general admission of 150 pesos or with a 3 day Happy Wren Pass (price to be determined). For an additional cost, professional birding tours will venture from the coastal habitats to the upper elevation forest habitats in search of endemic specialties among the over 400 bird species found in this diverse region of Jalisco.
There is no registration required for Garden activities but we would love to hear from you if you plan on coming. The professional birding tours do require advance registration.
The festival does not provide transportation. but there are buses and taxis available in Puerto Vallarta that can take you directly to and from the Garden. The Hacienda de Oro Restaurant, on site, is open from 9 am to 5 pm serving breakfast and more, including oak-wood-fired brick-oven pizza and authentic Mexican cuisine. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, binoculars, and if you want to take a swim in the river, then bring a bathing suit and towel.
For more November news from Vallarta Botanical Garden, Click HERE to download this month's issue of The Leaflet. (pdf)
Visit the internationally famous Vallarta Botanical Garden located just 30 minutes south of Old Town at Km. 24 on Highway 200 and easily accessible by public transportation and taxi. This 64 acre wildlife preserve and botanical garden have something fun for everyone. Over 200 species of birds have been observed on the Garden's grounds. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit for a refreshing dip in the jungle river. See plantings of vanilla, chocolate, and hundreds of other botanical delights! Authentic Mexican Cuisine is served in the Hacienda de Oro Restaurant from 10 am to 5 pm. The Garden is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm (closed Mondays from April 1 to December 1). Garden admission is just $150 pesos. For more information, call (322) 223-6182 or visit vbgardens.org.
Click HERE to learn more about Vallarta Botanical Gardens.