The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board congratulates the Vallarta Botanical Garden on being named one of the “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For” at the 2019 Canadian Garden Tourism Awards, presented at the North American Garden Tourism Conference held November 3-5, 2019, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, under the theme “Taking Garden Tourism to the Next Level.”
Puerto Vallarta's renowned botanical garden is a haven of greenery located about 15 miles south of the city’s historic center. Visitors can spend a day taking hikes around the property, picnicking on its grounds or swimming in the Hoscones River.
Flora enthusiasts will find the garden’s 3,000 plant species intriguing. Visitors will witness such exciting features as the Carnivorous Plant Collection, the beauty of the Rose Garden, the fragile Orchid House, the lush Palm Garden and Tree Fern Grotto, as well as the prized Mexican Agave Gardens, as you walk the Jungle Trails, watching for tropical birds that inhabit the gardens year-round.
The Vallarta Botanical Garden is also a parrot refuge and home to many other bird, reptile and mammal species.
“The Vallarta Botanical Garden is a special place in Puerto Vallarta, and we are lucky to have such an important offering in our city,” said Javier Aranda, Director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “We congratulate them on this well-deserved honor bestowed by the Canadian Garden Tourism Awards.”
According to Canadian Garden Council, garden tourism can be a significant component of a destination’s tourism offering. More than 25 million people travel annually in North America to see gardens, and the global market of garden visitors exceeds 250 million.
Other gardens on the Top 10 list include (in alphabetical order) Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia; The Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia; Chanticleer Garden, Wayne, Pennsylvania; Francisco Javier Clavijero Botanic Garden, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico; Ganna Walska Lotusland, Montecito, California; Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; Montreal Botanical Garden/Jardin botanique de Montréal, Montréal, Québec; Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Lethbridge, Alberta; and Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Vallarta Botanical Garden had been included in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice 2019 list of Best Botanical Gardens in North America.
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About the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board
The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board is responsible for promoting the destination in national and international markets. Nestled between the rugged, tropical Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay — Mexico’s largest natural bay and second largest on the American continent — on Mexico’s balmy Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is easily accessible from the U.S. and Canada. The city enjoys a warm tropical climate year-round, with average daytime temperatures of 80°F and cooler evening temperatures in winter months. Located 4 miles from downtown Puerto Vallarta, Gustavo Diaz International Airport receives more than 4 million visitors annually. The destination is home to 300,000 residents and offers an estimated 12,400 hotel rooms, with more than half in 4-star-plus properties.
About Vallarta Botanical Garden
Vallarta Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit organization started in 2004 with the mission to propagate, study, discover, conserve and display native plants from Mexico and from around the world. The garden sits on 20 acres of land and is home to a vast diversity of Mexican plant species, including the most visited public collection of orchids in Mexico. There are four conservatories showcasing local and exotic flowers from all over the world, plus vanilla, chocolate and coffee plantations; a museum; a rock collection; and a population of hummingbirds and other wild birds. The Los Horcones River, offering breathtaking views, runs alongside the property, which is also home to award-winning restaurant Hacienda de Oro.
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