Vallarta Botanical Gardens: a PV must-see
There’s nothing more energizing, yet serene, than meandering through a beautiful botanical garden. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, are no exception.
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens have repeatedly been named to the “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For” list and I can see why. I was impressed with the natural layout and variety of flora that the PV Gardens offer. “We really love being able to preserve and conserve the puzzle of local ecology here,” says Neil Gerlowski, executive director of the Vallarta Botanical Garden.
“We’re the stewards and caretakers of these plants and will return these illegally acquired plants back to the wild when they are ready. People think it’s alright to plant them in their home gardens, but it definitely is not,” says Gerlowski.
The Vallarta Botanical Garden is located in a tropical dry semi-deciduous forest, so you can expect quite a variety of trees, plants and flowers to please and educate you.
I was thrilled to see a sampling of cacao trees in the garden and to be asked to be a speaker at the first annual Cacao and Chocolate Festival. In addition to learning from a terrific lineup of speakers, take a tour of the garden’s own cacao trees, sample a great selection of local chocolate on hand to purchase, and have a look at the interesting variety of books featuring chocolate including copies of volume I of Chocolatour. (There will be a robust chapter on Mexico in volume II of Chocolatour.)
Have you been to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens? Do you enjoy visiting botanical gardens when you visit different places?