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Vallarta Botanical Gardens Move Forward With Summer Projects

Published May 28, 2014, 1:30pm -

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From improving their bilingual signage to hosting environmental celebrations, not to mention the completion of its new orchid conservatory, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens are using the Summer months to their fullest advantage. Here are some of their latest updates.

With World Environment Day celebrated every year on June 5, the Gardens will be featuring a special day with birdwatching tours that will include identification of some of the orchids and bromeliads that can be found in the property. The special event will begin at 8 am and continue until noon. 

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New Mexican Orchid Conservatory construction, in progress.

For this particular event, the Gardens welcomes Linda Ascencio, a Peace Corps volunteer that will begin a two-year term during which she will divide her time working at the Gardens and visiting surrounding communities to help in environmental education and conservation of our region’s natural resources. A Texas-born biologist and teacher, Ascencio looks forward to the challenge. In addition, she will be available to conduct tours of the Gardens in Spanish along with bilingual Executive Director, Neil Gerlowski.

Two special events commemorating national celebrations will follow: July 2 and 10 mark the National Botanical Garden Day and National Tree Day, respectively. The Gardens will use these days to continue attracting visitors and locals to discover this increasingly important Puerto Vallarta attraction.

Work continues on the construction of the highly anticipated new Conservatory of Mexican Orchids. On July 26, the new facility’s main staircase will be dedicated in memory of Mexican orchid researcher Roberto González Tamayo, whose field research resulted in the discovery of many orchid species endemic to Mexico. The Gardens anticipate that construction of the facility will conclude sometime during the Summer, with a grand opening tentatively scheduled for December 13.

Visiting the Vallarta Botanical Gardens during the Summer is a time to experience the tropical forest in its full glory, and even the region’s well-known rains provide an attraction of their own. Storm-watching from the balcony of the Hacienda de Oro Visitor Center provides a stunning panoramic view over the surrounding Sierra Madre Mountains, forest, and Horcones River canyon. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens will remain open six days a week (closed Mondays) all through the summer. For more information, click here.


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