Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens is one of the most lovely spots on the coast here, founded in 2006 by some flower folks and kept going mostly by donations. It’s an easy 35 minute trip south of PV on the El Tuito bus, costing about 20 pesos.
One half of the garden consists of trails through the jungle, not unlike those through Lynn Canyon Park, except that there’s no river at the bottom of the gulch.
The structure in the background is the rhododendron house; I don’t remember seeing it before so perhaps it is new this year.
Lots of the plants in the cacti gardens are blooming, with tiny flower buds perched on top of big cactus leaves.
We followed the trail down to the river but didn’t take a dip; for some reason, it doesn’t really appeal to me.
This year the most interesting plants for me were all the tiny orchids with beautiful bell-shaped flowers.
I love these face-pots, possibly a ceramic project for another year.
Lots of beautiful small butterflies flutter around the flowers here.
The second half of the garden consists of smaller areas with different species of plants, and little memorial areas, such as the one below.
This chapel also looks to be a recent addition, possibly to provide a space for weddings to take place.
Right next to the chapel is a tiny pet cemetery with headstones dedicated to the animal dearly departed.
One of my favourites is the orchid house, seen below.
Right outside the Visitors Centre is a lovely lily pond with lots of big koi, who rise to the surface of the water with mouths agape for whatever nibblies people toss in.
While waiting for the others to return, I sat next to the pond and did a small watercolour painting of it.
From the restaurant terrace on the upper level of the visitors centre, I could see the abandoned pool referred to in the Garden’s map. I have no idea why it’s there or what it’s about, but it would make a fabulous site for artistic experimentation – too bad it’s strictly off limits.
In the tops of trees we could see from the dining area large platters of food drew bluebirds, with beady black eyes, and black and yellow birds – I was only able to get photos of the greedy bluebirds, who hogged the feeders.
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