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"...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 64 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 $200 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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Busy Bees Pollinating the Vallarta Botanical Garden
In early 2018, volunteers David Erne and Talit Maria Jose set up two hives in the Vallarta Botanical Garden which have already produced over 10 kg of honey! In addition to a sweet harvest, we're making sure that our plants are well attended to by one of our planet's most prolific pollinators.
No Jaguars, But Plenty of Prey Captured at the Garden
Vallarta Botanical Garden
The Panthera V6 camera traps installed in the Vallarta Botanical Garden's forest preserve last month have not yet captured images of jaguars, but we have several bird shots and one overhead family portrait of a troop of White-nosed coati - which happen to be excellent jaguar prey.
Drawing Straws, Naturally, at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Vallarta Botanical Garden offers a natural alternative to plastic straws - cuttings from a native bamboo, Rhipidocladum racemiflorum. These environmentally conscious beverage accessories are grown on site and are sustainably harvested to ensure a steady supply for the future.
Scientists Have a Field Day at Vallarta Botanical Garden
A pair of botanists, Dany Ramos (San Diego Zoo) and Dr. Eduardo Ruiz-Sanchez (University of Guadalajara) recently visited the Vallarta Botanical Garden during their research sojourn throughout Mexico preceding their participation in the World Bamboo Congress in Xalapa, Veracruz.
Filling the Shoes of a Great Champion of Conservation
The passing of Panthera President and CEO Alan Rabinowitz on August 5th, 2018, leaves a big pair of shoes for us to fill as we march on in working to conserve our native fauna and flora. Staff and volunteers at the Vallarta Botanical Garden are stepping up to the challenge.
Wildlife Photography Goes 24/7 at PV's Botanical Garden
Diana Friedeberg, the Mexico Country Director for Panthera, a global nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of big cats in the wild, is working with Vallarta Botanical Garden to install motion detecting camera traps that will be used to monitor the local jaguar population.
Neil Gerlowski Returns to Vallarta Botanical Garden
Vallarta Botanical Garden welcomes back Executive Director, Neil Gerlowski, who has been on sabbatical to pursue a Fellowship at Longwood Gardens, a world-renowned center for horticultural excellence in Pennsylvania. Here he shares his experiences and plans for the VBG.
Hummingbird Festival at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Everyone is invited to come to the Vallarta Botanical Garden on June 16 for the 2018 Hummingbird Festival, a family-oriented event celebrating one of nature's vibrant aerial acrobats. This is your chance to get an up-close-and-personal look at the wonderful world of the hummingbird.
VBG #4 on USA Today's 2018 '10 Best Gardens' List
The Vallarta Botanical Garden (VBG) has been named the fourth best garden in North America on USA Today's '10 Best' list. Competing against 20 of the best gardens on the continent, VBG was the only botanical garden in Mexico to be nominated for this prestigious award in 2018.
Vallarta Celebrates National Botanical Garden Day
Vallarta Botanical Garden
Mexico's National Botanical Garden Day will be celebrated this year on April 28. Here in the Banderas Bay area, Vallarta Botanical Gardens has won international accolades as a highlight of any trip to Puerto Vallarta, so come out and enjoy a day full of educational activities and family fun.
VBG Nominated for USA Today's '10 Best Gardens' List
Since its opening in 2005, Vallarta Botanical Garden has won numerous international awards, and now they have been nominated by a panel of experts to compete against 20 of the best gardens and arboretums in North America for a spot on USA Today's '10 Best' list for 2018. Vote today!
2018 Vallarta Bird Festival at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Vallarta Botanical Garden is home to over 200 different species of birds, and will be the site for the 2018 Vallarta Bird Festival, March 9-11. Three action packed days of birding and nature walks in unique habitats with expert guides will satisfy even the most advanced birders.
A 'Prayer for Peace' at Vallarta Botanical Garden
As real and lasting peace is only possible if everyone works towards it, a 'Prayer for Peace' will be part of the Vallarta Botanical Garden's annual International Peace Garden celebration to be held at 12:00 noon on January 15, 2018. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate.
Festival de Chocolate at Vallarta Botanical Garden
On January 5, 2018, Vallarta Botanical Garden will host a Festival de Chocolate - and everyone is invited! Make plans now to come out and learn more about 'the food of the gods' while enjoying chocolate tours, tastings, food and drink specials, Folkloric dance performances, and more.
Vallarta Botanical Garden November News
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 tells us about some of the Garden's new and ongoing projects and upcoming events you won't want to miss.
What's Happening at the Vallarta Botanical Garden
In addition to exploring the 60 acres of native tropical plants and flowering trees, there's always something new to discover at the Vallarta Botanical Garden! Founder Robert Price brings us up to date on some of the Garden's ongoing, new, and soon-to-be-completed projects.
VBG to Host 2018 Directors of Large Gardens Conference
The Vallarta Botanical Garden has been selected as the host for the 2018 Directors of Large Gardens Conference. 65 chief executives of the largest public gardens in the U.S. and Canada are expected to attend this conference which, in February, will be held in Mexico for the first time.
Vallarta Botanical Garden Needs Help with TripAdvisor
Up until recently, Vallarta Botanical Gardens, 60 acres of mountain splendor just 30 minutes south of Old Town, was listed at #3 on TripAdvisor's 'Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta' page. The listing has been removed from the travel site's PV page and VBG needs your help to get it reinstated.
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
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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.'