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Vallarta Botanical Gardens, A.C.

Mexico - Jalisco - Puerto Vallarta - Cabo Corrientes

Institution Code:

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

Escudo del Jardin Botanico de Vallarta
Escudo del Jardin Botanico de Vallarta

About the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, A.C.

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens started in 2004 with a vision of building Mexico’s greatest botanical garden in the enchanted tropical highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. With Mexican native orchids, cacti, chocolate plants, bromeliads, giant tree ferns, carnivorous plants, and a host of other botanical delights to fascinate, there is something here for everyone. Activities include hiking nature trails, river swimming, bird watching, and daily tours. Our Gardens are open to the public 6 days per week for most of the year and 7 days per week during the winter season. Please visit our website our location, current hours, and entry rates: www.vbgardens.org

The twenty acres that are now the Gardens were ranch property, nearly half of which was overgrazed cattle pasture, the other half, old growth tropical deciduous forest. The first phase of construction was the Hacienda de Oro Visitor Center and Restaurant, the centerpiece structure of the Gardens. Next came the nurseries for plant propagation, trails throughout the property, a statuary making facility, and of course many plants. Over 6000 Blue Agaves (Agave tequilana) adorn our “Blue Agave Hills” while this area is being re-forested with native tropical hardwood trees. Over 1000 native tabebuia, mountain pine and mahogany trees have been planted in this former cattle grazing area, deforested over 30 years ago. Native oak species are being grown from acorns to establish our Mexican Oak Collection. Considering that Mexico is the world leader in oak diversity with over 160 different species, this is sure to become a prized feature of the Garden.

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens started a US based 501(c)(3) not for profit “Friends of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens A.C.” to allow us to accept tax deductible donations from individuals and foundations.

Much appreciated memberships, grants, and donations have allowed us to improve our grounds and plant collections. One of the latest expansions that has added to the delight of our visitors is the Holstein Vanilla and Orchid Conservatory with a rotating array of exquisite orchids and other stunning flowering plants.

Please learn about our current projects and funding opportunities and become part of the creative force that showcases Mexico’s abundant biodiversity to its residents and the world.

The success of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens have allowed us to give back to our community in a variety of ways. We provide free admission to the Gardens to over 1,000 visiting school children each year. We have collaborated with Grassroots Natural Resource Conservation and indigenous knowledge proponents including the Maya Nut Institute and the Center For Traditional Medicine. We have participated in tropical plant research with the American Orchid Society and Sam Houston State University.

Our conservation initiatives have been recognized by SEMARNAT (Secretaría de medio ambiente y recursos naturals), Mexico’s Agency of Environment and Natural Resources, which has registered our Garden as an UMA (Unidad de Manejo Para La Conservacion De Vida Silvestre), an official Wildlife Conservation Management Unit.

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens were instrumental in the establishment of the Vallarta Orchid Society which is dedicated to the study, preservation and the understanding of the special cultural practices of native Mexican orchid species. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens were also the driving force behind the birth of the PV Garden Club whose beautification efforts are transforming Puerto Vallarta into the “City of Bougainvillias.”

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Our Guiding Principals
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The Vallarta Botanical Gardens are members of:
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) of Surrey, England
The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Asociación Mexicana de Jardines Botánicos (AMJB) of Mexico City (Distrito Federal)
American Orchid Society (AOS) of Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Asociación Mexicana de Orquideología (AMO) of Mexico City (Distrito Federal)

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens have participated in join research projects with a number of different universities and institutions and are always interested in developing collaborative projects with other organizations with goals in line with our mission:

To create Mexico´s foremost botanical garden for the propagation, study, discovery, conservation and display of Mexican native and exotic plants for the enjoyment of Puerto Vallarta’s residents and visitors.

Main Address:
Vallarta Botanical Gardens, A.C.
Carratera a Barra de Navidad Km. 24
Las Juntas y Los Veranos
Puerto Vallarta - Cabo Corrientes
Jalisco 48447 Mexico

Telephone: +52 (322) 223 6182 or +52 (322) 223 6184
Fax:
URL: www.vbgardens.org
Primary Email: info@vbgardens.org

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Neil Gerlowski
    Curator's Name: Robert Benjamin Price
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Jesus Reyes
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 11
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Y
    Status: State: N
    Status: Educational: Y
    Status: Municipal: N
    Status: Satellite: N
    Status: Trust: N
  • Date founded: 2005
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 6 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 2 Hectares
  • Total Area: 8 Hectares
    Latitude: 20.4000
    Longitude: -105.3000
    Annual Rainfall: 2058 mm
    Altitude: 490.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 1000 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: none
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Los Jardines Botanicos de Vallarta
  • Local Address: Physical Location (Not for Mail): KM 24 Carratera Puerto Vallarta a Barra de Navidad Las Juntas y Los Veranos Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico Mailing Adress: Vallarta Botanical Gardens A.C. Blvd Francisco Medina Ascencio #2180 Local 7 y 8 Zona Hotelera Norte Suite 148 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Mexico. C.P. 48333
  • Locality: City: Puerto Vallarta
  • Locality: State: Jalisco

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: N
    Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 2
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Y
    Seed Bank: N
    Published Plant Catalogue: N
    Computer Plant Record System: N
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 6000
    Number of Volunteers: 8

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 300
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 80
  • Special Collections:The Vallarta Botanical Gardens hosts collections of native Mexican Orchid species, native tropical trees and shrubs (including one of the region's most diverse oak collections), cacti, agaves, bromiliads, ferns, and a host of other plants of great ornamental and agricultural interest.

    Currently the National Collection of Mexican Orchids and a Conservatory to showcase this collection is in development. Please help us in realizing this exciting goal by donating to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens today!
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Y
    Invasive Species Policy: Y
    Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: N
    Plant Breeding: N
    Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: N
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: N
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: Y
    Exploration: Y
    Floristics: Y
    Horticulture: Y
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Y
    Molecular Genetics: N
    Pollination Biology: Y
    Restoration Ecology: Y
    Seed/Spore Biology: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y
    Sustainability: Y
    Pharmacology: Y
    Agriculture: Y
    Land Restoration: Y
    Urban Environments: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: N
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y
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