Celebrate Earth Day at Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Bob Price - Vallarta Botanical Garden
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April 8, 2017

Dear Friends of the Garden,

For those of you who are not already tuned in to an emerging economic force, Garden Tourism is a booming market and great garden venues are driving factors in determining the vacation destination decisions of about a third of the world’s international tourists. According to Richard W. Benfield, author of Garden Tourism (2012), “More people visit gardens in America than go to Disneyland and Disneyworld combined, and more than visit Las Vegas annually, making it one of the largest sectors in the tourism market.”

We who live and work in Puerto Vallarta have been blessed with an incredible 2016/2017 winter season; preliminary indications suggesting that this may be the busiest season in the history of our region. That’s excellent news, and this is also an excellent time to remind owners and managers of our region’s businesses and properties that tourist traffic can never be taken for granted and requires constant reinvestment to encourage future successes.

I just had the recent good fortune to attend the 2017 North American Garden Tourism Conference and my time there reconfirmed my long-held belief in the three most important pillars of maintaining a world-class tourist venue: safety/security, destination cleanliness, and natural beauty. We in Puerto Vallarta have the great fortune to live in one of the safest and most secure places in the world and while we can do much better to keep our town clean, maintaining the natural beauty and rich natural treasures of our region is, in my opinion, where we need to concentrate much more effort.

The Vallarta Botanical Garden inspires beauty through constantly enhancing our visitor experience. Our ever-increasing conservation impact serves to inspire our tourists to the region and those of us who
live here. Your investments in the Garden through memberships and donations are investments in generating tourism in our region.

Celebrate Earth Day Weekend at the VBG

Every day is Earth Day at the Vallarta Botanical Garden where we celebrate the natural wonders of our planet, especially its floristic diversity. Nonetheless, it doesn’t hurt to make some extra noise about this during the official international celebration on April 22.

We’re taking this one step further through a weekend of activities for you to enjoy. We hope you can join us in person for our special Earth Day Weekend celebration!

April 22:
• 8:00 am - Birding in the Forest - Meet in parking lot.
• 11:00 am - Screening of "The Lost Bird Project - VBG Orchid Conservatory
• 1:00 pm - Garden Tour - Meet in the Hall of Flowers
• 2:00 pm - Presentation of Conservation Initiatives - Hall of Flowers Ballroom

April 23:
• 8:00 am - Field Trip to Rancho El Santuario for Macaw Observation and a special demonstration of the installation of an artificial nest for the Macaws
• 1:00 pm - Garden Tour - Meet in the Hall of Flowers
• 2:00 pm - Presentation of Conservation Initiatives - Hall of Flowers Ballroom

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