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|Vallarta Botanical Gardens|
"...all the beauty that Nature has to offer"
Since opening the Gardens gates in 2005, Vallarta Botanical Gardens has won international accolades as a not-to-be missed highlight of any trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Recommended by Lonely Planet, National Geographic and Fodor's Travel Guides, Vallarta Botanical Gardens is 20 acres of highland mountain splendor, just 30 minutes south of Old Town Puerto Vallarta.
At Vallarta Botanical Gardens, hundreds of collections of native tropical plants such as orchids, anthuriums, agaves as well as colorful flowering trees are to be found on meandering jungle pathways. Explore the Orchid Conservatory to learn the story about the native vanilla orchid, cacao (the chocolate plant), and coffee.
Swimming amongst the giant boulders in the crystalline spring-fed river within the garden ground is an unforgettable experience. See a real Mexican country kitchen where handmade tortillas are prepared in the traditional way to be served to you in the Gardens' famous Hacienda de Oro Restaurant. A day's worth of activities for just $150 pesos entrance fee, your best vacation value.
Open daily from 9 am to 6:00 pm (closed Mondays from April through November), Vallarta Botanical Gardens is located 30 minutes south of Old Town at Km. 24 on Highway 200. For more information, call (322) 223-6182 or visit vbgardens.org.
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Expansion of the Vallarta Botanical Garden's Preserve
As forested land near the Vallarta Botanical Garden continues to become cleared for building homes, grazing cattle and other uses, it's more important than ever for VBG to secure additional preserve property by purchasing remaining tracts of intact forests before they are destroyed.
Neil Gerlowski Awarded Prestigious Longwood Fellowship
Longwood Gardens, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania has recognized the contributions to the field of public horticulture made by VBG Director, Neil Gerlowski. He has been accepted for the Longwood Fellowship, a 13 month learning experience focused on public garden management.
BBC Films Orchid Bees at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Catching the attention of the BBC, the largest broadcaster in the world, requires something extraordinary. In the case of the Vallarta Botanical Garden, it was the iridescent green and metallic blue native bees that are the exclusive pollinators of exquisite orchids.
The Rebound of the Vallarta Region's Military Macaw
As part of an extended Earth Day Celebration at the Vallarta Botanical Garden, on April 23 volunteers took a field trip to Rancho El Santuario to participate in the installation of a new nest box for the native Military Macaw, one of the largest and most colorful parrots in the Americas.
Earth Day Weekend at the Vallarta Botanical Garden
Make plans now to celebrate Earth Day Weekend at Vallarta Botanical Garden. This family-friendly community event aims to educates Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors on the importance of environmental stewardship and appreciation for our natural wonders - while having a ton of fun!
Botanical Gardens, CUC Host 2017 Vallarta Bird Festival
The Vallarta Bird Festival 2017 is ready to take flight March 10-12, at the CUC campus and the Vallarta Botanical Garden. Festivities will include bird watching, workshops and the premiere of 'The Lost Bird Project,' a documentary by creator and renowned sculptor Todd McGrain.
Mexico Joins International Peace Garden Network
The Daily News Online
Inclusion and unification was the message of the day Feb. 16, as the International Peace Garden was dedicated at Vallarta Botanical Garden. IPGF's Paula Savage said PV was chosen as the 2017 site because the city respects diversity of cultures and human rights.
VBG International Peace Garden Dedication Feb. 16
A community celebration will be held at the Vallarta Botanical Garden on February 16th as Mexico's official International Peace Garden is dedicated. Performances by two popular local musical groups, Moruno Gypsy Jazz Trio and Stolie, will add to the dedication ceremony's festivities.
VBG's International Peace Garden Nears Completion
Vallarta Botanical Garden has been selected for the honor of being the site of Mexico's first International Peace Garden. Work is underway to complete the project, which will adorn the slope that rises toward the VBG's new multi-faith chapel, in time for the Feb. 16 dedication.
Vallarta Botanical Garden to Welcome Renowned Sculptor
Vallarta Botanical Gardens has invited sculptor Todd McGrain, renowned for his bronze abstracts commemorating some of the magnificent bird species of North America that have been driven to extinction, to participate in the 2017 Bird Festival - and perhaps install a sculpture.
Art Exhibition Opens at Vallarta Botanical Garden
On Sunday, November 27, a crowd of visitors to the Vallarta Botanical Garden, including locals and tourists from all over the world, attended the inauguration of the final installation of the popular art exhibition, 'Aves y Sus Hábitats' (Birds and Their Habitats).
International Peace Garden at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Puerto Vallarta has been selected for the honor of being designated the site of Mexico's International Peace Garden. The Peace Garden will adorn the slope that rises toward the entrance to the recently completed multi-faith chapel at the Vallarta Botanical Garden.
Vallarta Botanical Garden News and Upcoming Events
Since opening in 2005, Vallarta Botanical Garden has won international accolades as a not-to-be missed highlight of any trip to Puerto Vallarta. In addition to exploring the 20 acres of native tropical plants and flowering trees, there's always something new to discover at the Gardens!
VBG to be Featured in BBC's 'Mexico' Documentary Series
Vallarta Botanical Garden
Catching the attention of the British Broadcasting Corporation requires something extraordinary. In the case of the Vallarta Botanical Garden, it is native Mexican orchids and their unique pollinators, which will be featured in their upcoming documentary series, 'Mexico.'
Vallarta Botanical Garden New Year's Eve Party
Banderas News Team
You can show your support for the Vallarta Botanical Gardens by attending an incredible New Year's Eve celebration at a stunning oceanfront location in Vallarta. Since the evening's host is underwriting all of the event's costs, 100% of all proceeds will benefit the Gardens.
Rare Plant Blooms at Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Vallarta Botanical Gardens has made a name for itself as a place of learning, where knowledgeable staff educates visitors on the vast diversity of Mexico's plant species. Last week, they proudly announced the first blooming of a rare plant, the 'Ursulaea macvaughii.'
Vallarta Botanical Gardens Celebrates 10th Anniversary
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Vallarta Botanical Gardens is planning a full weekend of events on November 14th and 15th to included guided hikes, open house experiences, captivating talks by dynamic guest speakers, live music, and a birthday cake.
Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids Grand Opening
The Grand Opening of the Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids and Native Plants will be celebrated with a week-long festival from December 6-13. The festivities begin with the ribbon cutting on Saturday, followed by fun activities each day of the opening week.
Vallarta Botanical Garden Wins International Award
On October 2, Vallarta Botanical Gardens was presented the 'Enterprise of the Year' Award by the prestigious international organization Jardins Sans Limites of Metz, France. The prize was awarded to VBG for the design and construction of the new Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids.
Visit the Vallarta Botanical Gardens on Google Maps
Thanks to Google Earth (a.k.a. Google Maps) and local photographer Paco Ojeda, now you can explore the Vallarta Botanical Gardens without leaving the comfort of your own home! Features include embedded panoramic views that allow one to scroll through a 360° view.
Conservatory of Mexican Orchids Stairway Dedicated
A beautiful ceremony was held at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens on Saturday, July 26th to dedicate the principal stairway of the new Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids in memory of Jalisco's foremost orchid researcher, Roberto González Tamayo.
Historical Art Exhibit at Vallarta Botanical Gardens
In celebration of the completion of the Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids, a copy of Rafael Montes de Oca's 'Hummingbirds and Orchids of Mexico' and its accompanying 51 frame-ready prints will be on display at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens from July 26-Dec 13, 2014.
VBG Mexican Orchids Conservatory Dedication Ceremony
On July 26th, family, friends, and colleagues of Mexican orchid researcher Roberto González Tamayo will dedicate the grand entry stairway to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens' new Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids, which is scheduled for completion later this month.
VBG Orchids Conservatory Scheduled for June Completion
A vision of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens that has simmered on the back burner for the past few years - the Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids - is scheduled for completion this month! After the roof is finished, there are only finishing details before building is complete.
Pasitos de Luz Kids Visit Vallarta Botanical Gardens
As in other cities around the world, Vallarta youth are all too often disconnected from the wild world around them. Canadian Children's Shelter of Hope Foundation is proud to collaborate with the Vallarta Botanical Gardens in environmental and horticultural education for Vallarta's kids.
Mexican Orchids Conservatory Construction Has Begun
Construction is now underway at Vallarta Botanical Garden of the new Conservatory for the National Collection of Mexican Orchids. Progress so far includes leveling of the site, delivery of materials, and installation of steel and concrete for the building's columns.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens' Orchid Conservatory Update
Vallarta Botanical Gardens has successfully reached the full matching gift offer of $100,000 USD for the 2013 phase of the capital campaign for the Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids - and now another $50,000 in matching funds has been extended until the end of April.
Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids Back on Track
A vision of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens that has simmered quietly on the back burner for the past few years is suddenly back in the limelight. Longtime donors to the Gardens have now pledged to match contributions to the Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids dollar for dollar.
VBG to Create a Magnolia Vallartensis Preserve
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens are now cooperating with researchers from the University of Guadalajara and the OPD Xihutla for the conservation of Magnolia Vallartensis, a new species of magnolia discovered near Mismaloya last year, and the cloud forests of our region.
VBG Rain Forest Environmental and Conservation Festival
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens will be presenting their 'Rain Forest Environmental and Conservation Festival' from 9 am to 6 pm every day from August 18th to August 31st. Fun for the whole family, daily activities throughout the festival include tours, arts & crafts and more!
Peace Corps Volunteers Visit Vallarta Botanical Gardens
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens were recently visited by several volunteers from the Peace Corps and Angel Pineda, the Mexican Director of this US-based organization whose work throughout the world goes a long way towards helping humanitarian and environmental causes.