While the Puerto Vallarta Orchid Conservatory has been open to the public for a couple of weeks, the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens has scheduled a full eight days of activities to celebrate the award winning addition to the gardens.
Festivities for the Grand Opening began on December 6 with an official ribbon cutting and will continue through December 13.
The conservatory connects people to plants in a profound way helping nurture a consciousness of conservation and a stronghold of environmental education.
In October the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden was awarded the prestigious Enterprise Award by the Jardins Sans Limites de Metz Organization. The award was to honor the great success in the design and construction of the new Orchid Conservatory.
The Conservatory of Mexican Orchids is an impressive space that houses more than 200 species of orchids found in Mexico and has a laboratory dedicated to the reproduction of the flowers, one of the first of its kind in Mexico. In total, Mexico is home to over 1,200 different species of Orchids.
Bob Price is the curator and founder of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens.
The scheduled events for the Grand Opening week are as followed:
Saturday, 1 pm:
Ribbon Cutting followed by Mariachi and Folkloric Dance
Sunday, 2 pm:
Mexican-American artist Esperanza Gama “Inspiration of Mexican Orchids”
Monday, 2 pm:
“Botanical Exploration: Orchids of Vallarta’s Cloud Forests” with Bob Price, founder and curator of Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens.
Tuesday, 2 pm:
Meet the artist Esperanza Gama “Biodiversity in Art”
Wednesday, 2 pm:
Lecture by T.J. Hartung “The History of Vanilla”
Thursday, 2 pm:
Performances by Vallarta musicians Bob Bruneau and Joan Houst
Friday, 2 pm:
Meet the artist Esperanza Gama “Amate paper as a magical canvas”
Saturday, 2 pm:
Performances by popular Tepic contra-tenor Gabriel Delgadillo