5 reasons to visit the Vallarta Botanical Gardens
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens is now in its 19th year and has a terrific lineup of events planned for the year, offering something each month to entice those who really appreciate nature, plants, and flowers. They even have an annual Chocolate and Vanilla Festival which will well worth attending.
Here are my Top 5 reasons to visit the Vallarta Botanical Gardens:
- The lily pond at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens blooms year-round with colourful lilies surrounding a towering water-friendly tree in the centre of the pond!
- There are great on-site facilities, including a restaurant where you can enjoy an interesting selection of culinary specialties and a gift shop where you can purchase handcrafts, locally-made organic chocolate, and books about plants and chocolate. (Yes, volume I of Chocolatour have been sold there, and you will soon find copies of volume II of Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate Adventures there.)
- The VBG are rated among the Top 10 Gardens to Visit in North America, with no less than 50 different varieties of Mexican orchids to enjoy as well as a terrific collection of plants and trees that thrive in the Tropical Dry Semi-Deciduous Forest found in this part of Mexico.
- The VBG offers a free downloadable monthly magazine that will blow you away with colourful photography and introduce you to a new bird and orchid each month to enhance your on-site visit.
- Visiting the VBG takes you out of the busy city of Puerto Vallarta and into a quiet oasis where you can be at peace with nature and help a good cause. (The VBG are funded via your entrance fees, donations, and memberships.)
If you missed my previous post on the VBG, please check it out for some additional photos. Have you visited the Vallarta Botanical Gardens? If so, what impressed you most about it? Have you visited any of the other gardens listed in the Top 10? (The full list is on page 10 of the November newsletter.)