The Vallarta Botanical Garden, located in Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, houses one of the most important collections of Mexican orchids in the country and a micropropagation laboratory for the species of this flower that are in danger of extinction.
According to the co-founder and general director, Jesús Reyes, there are currently around 200 species of orchids, of the more than 1,200 that exist in Mexico, which can be admired in the Holstein Orchid Conservatory of the garden.
Vallarta Botanical Garden offers an experience that combines pleasure and knowledge, there are more than eight thousand plant species, some exotic and some rarities of nature, ranging from carnivorous plants, to the typical Magnolia Vallartensis.
Enjoying this natural space is possible thanks to the love and passion that led its founder, Robert Price, to create the project to spread, preserve and exhibit native and exotic plants originating in Mexico and different regions of the world.
The Botanical Garden first opened its doors in 2005, but it wasn’t until February 2016 that it was given the name of botanical garden and currently belongs to the Mexican Association of Botanical Gardens.
In an area of 26 hectares, divided into three polygons, visitors will find a unique landscape: while discovering the four species of wild vanilla and cacao trees, you will also be seduced by the 13 species of hummingbirds that fly freely among the vegetation.
When walking on the paths of the garden, you will also find the palm trees, roses, agaves and the collection of wild flowers of Mexico.
One more activity promoted by Robert is the rescue and protection of the green macaw, through the installation of artificial nests collated in different points to boost the population growth of this bird.
The gardens are currently working on a Cactus and Succulents Project, which will help control the amount of water these plants receive for their proper reproduction and conservation, thus adding an additional attraction in the garden and adding a xerophytic landscape.
Notimex: By Sharon Cuandón