Mexico’s National Association of Botanical Gardens (AMJB for its abbreviation in Spanish) and each of its 43 member gardens are celebrating our country’s 10th National Botanical Gardens Day. This year the AMJB’s council has chosen the theme “Ex situ conservation and its integration with in situ conservation, two fundamental pillars for continuing the continuation of Mexico’s biological diversity.” Ex situ conservation is the cultivation and care of species outside of their native habitat and the mainstay of nearly every botanical garden’s role in protecting plant diversity for the future. This year’s National Botanical Gardens Day theme draws attention to the fact that this work needs to always link back to in situ conservation—maintaining healthy and diverse populations of species in the wild.
The Vallarta Botanical Garden is celebrating National Botanical Gardens Day by offering a morning of complementary activities on July 2, 2015 beginning at 8:00 am:
Guided Birding and Epiphyte Discovery Hike - 8:00 to 10:00 am
There’s a hidden world up above our heads that few beyond the birds ever get to observe. In our tropical forests the upper reaches of the canopy can be filled with fascinating epiphytes (air plants) including orchids, bromeliads, ferns, and even cacti! Learn about these plants through your binoculars in the early morning light and experience our avian fauna during their most active time of the day. Binoculars are available for rent if you don’t have your own.
Orchid Care Workshop - 10:00 to 11:00 am
Whether getting into orchid care for the first time or just hoping to deepen the shade of green on your thumb, join us in repotting orchids and learn some tricks of the trade from our horticultural staff and volunteers.
Tour of the Vallarta Conservatory of Orchids and Native Plants - 11:00 to 11:45 am
Here’s a great opportunity to learn more about the incredible collections of the Garden’s most popular attraction. This facility was awarded the “Initiative of the Year” last fall at the conference Jardins San Limits (Gardens Without Limits) in Metz, France by an international panel of garden experts. But don’t just take it from the experts — experience it yourself!
Vallarta Botanical Gardens is located 30 minutes south of Old Town Puerto Vallarta on Carretera a Barra Navidad at km 24, just past Las Juntas and Los Veranos. For more information, email email@example.com or telephone (322) 223-6182.
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