The Vallarta Orchid Society was started by T.J. Hartung and is open to anyone with an interest in orchids. Meetings are at 1:00 p,m. on the last Saturday of the month from October to May, with the exception of December. Admission is free. These talks are designed to educate and enlighten, without getting into too much technical and scientific detail. There is a modest donation of 200 pesos for membership in the society.

The venue for these gatherings is the beautiful Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens, which has a large (and growing) collection of orchids and other plants from the area. There is also a restaurant, a swimming hole in the river, and shade houses where young plants get their start. The gardens are located 24 Km south of town, just 3 Km past Chico’s Paradise. The bus to El Tuito will stop at the entrance to the Gardens and will return you to town. There is a small fee for entrance to the gardens. For more information e-mail pvorchids@gmail.com or visit the Vallarta Orchid Society web site: www.pvorchids.com