Curator's News from Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Bob Price - Vallarta Botanical Garden
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May 13, 2017

The creation, development, and maintenance of a world-class botanical garden requires the hard work of an enormous team of staff and volunteers.

Coordination of these activities requires great leadership, vision, and dedication from its board and managers.

The Vallarta Botanical Garden has benefited tremendously from the work of our Executive Director, Neil Gerlowski, for nearly seven years. His contributions to the field of pubic horticulture have been recognized by Longwood Gardens, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania who have accepted him for their prestigious Longwood Fellowship, a 13-month immersive learning experience focused on public garden management which he will begin in early June.

Neil’s last day at the Vallarta Botanical Garden before leaving for the Longwood Gardens Fellowship is Friday, May 19th. We invite you to join us in wishing him well as he departs for his studies.

Neil’s time away from the Vallarta Botanical Garden will mostly be treated as a sabbatical, yet he will continue with some duties from afar including editing and coordination of El Papelillo / The Leaflet. Producing a monthly magazine of this quality requires a whole team of contributors and will require even more while Neil is away. We invite the entire Vallarta community and our visitors to contribute content to the magazine: photos, articles, art, poetry… your imagination is the only limit! Magazine content can be sent to With the active involvement of our community, we can continue developing this publication that so many have grown to love and enjoy.

Mexico, Canada and the U.S. celebrate Mother’s Day in May so why not invite mom, or anyone else you’ve learned from, to the Vallarta Botanical Garden this month to thank them for what they’ve given you.  If you don’t have a gift for them yet, no worries. You can treat them to something in our restaurant, buy them something special in our gift store or give them the gift that continues giving all year - membership to the Garden!

Members: please always wear your membership card when visiting the Garden. This helps our staff and volunteers recognize you as members and offer valuable discounts on your Garden purchases and other important benefits.

Visit the Gardens' Hacienda de Oro Restaurant for authentic Mexican food and brick-oven pizza. Hike the Gardens’ nature trails and bask in tropical mountain scenery. Experience the very best of Vallarta!

The entry fee for the Garden is 150 pesos per person. Children 4 and under admitted free of charge when accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian. We remain one of the best vacation values in the entire Puerto Vallarta region and one of the most popular - currently ranked as the #3 “Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta”!

Wheelchair accessible parts of the Garden include the Vallarta Conservatory of Orchids and Native Plants, the lower floors of the Hacienda de Oro Visitor Center (including areas with restaurant service), restrooms, the Holstein Tropical House, and the Daneri Vireya Rhododendron House as well as several trails linking these areas. No wheelchairs for loan or rent.

Pets are welcome when kept on leash in their owner’s control and their waste is picked up immediately. Extra fee of 50 pesos per pet applies.

The Garden is located about a 30-minute drive south of Old Town Puerto Vallarta, on Carretera a Barra Navidad at km 24, just past Las Juntas and Los Veranos, all easily accessible by public transportation. Telephone is (322) 223-6182. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. For more information, visit Vallarta Botanical Gardens.

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