Donate to the Vallarta Botanical Garden
Thank you for your generous support of the Vallarta Botanical Garden!
Together we’re creating an incredible resource for our community and Mexico teeming with purposeful beauty. One time gifts, support through our Give Every Month (GEM) Program, memberships, and commemorative gifts (including customized benches) all qualify as tax deductible contributions.
Breaking your gift into automatic monthly payments makes it easier both for you to budget your gift and the garden to cover its expenses throughout the year. We call this our Give Every Month (GEM) program.
The Vallarta Botanical Garden appreciates your donation no matter how much you can afford. Use this donation type to show your generosity and support to the gardens which will be applied towards the Garden’s General Fund. This is the best way to donate to support our organization.
Restricted Gifts to Specific VBG Projects & Programs
The Puerto Vallarta region is blessed with incredible plant diversity and much of this has yet to be thoroughly studied. New species are still being described in our local forests and discoveries about how these plants function in our local ecosystem or can serve human needs such as food and medicine are ripe for harvesting. Your contributions can lead us to discovery!
The Puerto Vallarta region has flourished as a largely intact wilderness until the last few decades. Now, urbanization, the spread of agriculture into formerly pristine areas, and other threats including illegal logging have given us great concern for the future of our forests. We at the Vallarta Botanical Garden are perfectly poised to serve as a leader in conserving our region’s floristic diversity, the basis for an amazing and complex ecosystem. Your contributions can help protect a promising future for our forests and the animals that depend on them!
Public gardens have an imperative to deliver stunning beauty to inspire their visitors. Creating and maintaining this kind beauty requires continual dedicated labor that can only be provided by well-funded horticultural programs. Do you appreciate the beauty of the Vallarta Botanical Garden? Please help us in our constant quest for excellence with a gift towards our horticultural displays!
From young children visiting us with their families, organized school group field studies from kindergarten to university, to life-long learners of all ages, the Vallarta Botanical Garden provides a living classroom of unprecedented importance in our region. We can do even more though, with your help. From signage and classes at the Garden to video presentations here and on our website, we have no shortage of powerful ideas for connecting our visitors with the natural world. With your help we can take off with this work like never before!
You may also mark your gifts “Edith’s Fund” to contribute towards continuing education for Vallarta Botanical Garden staff.
If you’re reading about community outreach in the Vallarta Botanical Garden’s donor pages, we’ll consider you “part of the choir.” But there’s a whole other potential audience out there that can benefit from developing a love and appreciate for our natural world, preserving wild spaces, and beautifying our man-made landscape. Your contributions to our community outreach can help us reach this kind of audience and change our community and planet for the better.
Fund a Position
It takes a village to make the Garden grow and those villagers need to be paid! Our vision is to offer competitive wages and benefits to our staff to attract and retain a stellar team of true professionals. Is there a particular Garden staff member who has inspired you to contribute towards funding their position? Or do you see the need for a new position, such as a full-time educator? If so, please speak with one of our board members about doing so today. Just email [email protected] with the subject “ATTN: VBG BOARD MEMBERS.”
A commemorative bench in the Vallarta Botanical Garden is a special place. Visitors can sit down, relax and view the magnificence of nature in our Garden.
These family benches are a permanent way to honor your loved ones. You might want to purchase a bench to honor your children or grandchildren or friends. Maybe you would like to place a bench in memory of a loved one.
We have two bench sizes available for purchase for $5,000 or $7,000 USD (discounted prices for donors), and you may customize the design of the handmade tile finish. Elegant and permanent, these benches offer you an opportunity to help the Garden sustain and improve the beauty of our sacred space, while making a statement about your loved ones.
You can pay for the benches upfront or you can choose a payment plan. Once you have purchased your bench, you will be contacted regarding the design of your bench. Please call or email Neil Gerlowski, Executive Director, at (011 52) 322.223.6182 or [email protected].
Give Every Month (GEM) Program
Thank you being an important part of our Vallarta Botanical Garden’s family! Together we have built an award-winning, world-class garden. Together as a family we have created purposeful beauty, and we should be proud of that. The Botanical Garden is launching a monthly pledge program, our Give Every Month (GEM) Club. The objective of the GEM program is to generate an automatic flow of income to cover our basic operating expenses, freeing us to launch the Garden to a new level.
After only 10 years of development, we have surpassed all expectations with the scope and beauty of our botanical displays, but we can do so much more together. Let’s make this place one of the top botanical garden destinations in the world.
Pledge an amount you’re comfortable with and become a GEM of the Garden. Just click here and become a GEM. Thank you for your ongoing and generous support.
Garden Amigo Tile Program
Your participation in the “Garden Amigo Tile Program” is most greatly appreciated
On your tile, you may have text or a simple photo/ image. Our artists will do their very best to hand paint your image and/or text onto the tile. Please make sure your text isn’t too long, otherwise it may not all fit on the tile.
You may upload a file or send us a link to an image on the web.
Endowment Fund Bequest
Including the Vallarta Botanical Garden in your wills, trusts, and estate planning is an investment in the long-term viability of this important natural sanctuary for Puerto Vallarta and the exquisite flora of Mexico and world tropics. A member of the Garden’s Legacy Committee would be happy to talk to you about the best options for optimizing your philanthropic potential and further blessing a community. Please write to info(at)vbgardens.org with the subject, “ATTN: Endowment” or “ATTN: Bequest.”
Carry the name of your family in perpetuity in a specific area of the Garden such as The Palm Walk or a feature such as a bridge or trail. Dedicate a trail or feature starting at $5,000 (US). We welcome gifts from your estate to sustain our gardens into the future.
For more information, email [email protected]
Your decision to memorialize a loved one here is a contribution that helps support the important mission of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Please compare the costs of our services and amenities to similar packages in the United States or Canada.
Additional memorial and naming opportunities are available.
For more information on any of our donations, contact [email protected]
Basic Ash Scattering Ceremony & Memorial Package
After the memorial ceremony, some of the ashes are deposited under a 30×30 cm (12×12 inch), hand painted memorial tile which is placed in the Hacienda de Oro Visitor Center.
Included is a reception for up to 20.
We offer spiritual or interfaith religious services that meet the needs of a variety of beliefs and traditions. Your memorial ceremony may be held in any of the following areas: the Hall of Flowers in the Hacienda de Oro, on the banks of the Rio Horcones, or in the shade of the Giant Ficus Tree.
Ashes are traditionally scattered from any of the following inspirational settings: the Shade of the Giant Ficus, the banks of the Rio Horcones, the Cerro de Águila (Eagle Hill), or the Tree Fern Grotto.
Family and friends often reserve some ashes for the memorial in the garden which can range from a single hand painted tile to a cantera bench or memorial stone with a cross or statue.
Tree of Life Package
Green Burial Ceremony & Tree of Life Package
Many people chose to memorialize their loved ones with a living tree.
In our Green Burial Ceremony, we inter the ashes along with the planting of a tree that will receive the same loving care as the rest of our prized collections in the Garden. Friends and family are encouraged to visit and watch this Tree of Life grow. Native trees that we recommend for our grounds include: Amapas, Primavera, Oak, and Pine. Each tree is designated with a memorial tile on a concrete base.
The Garden of Memories
Create a sacred place within the Garden of Memories to honor and memorialize a loved one departed. Starting at $3,000 (USD), a variety of memorial markers are available.
Memorial services can also be arranged.
With the same considerations and elegance as our other packages, this option includes a carved cantera symbol or statue placed on a pedestal in the Garden of Memories in the shadow of the Cerro de Águila (Eagle Hill). The pedestals may be ornamented in tiles, including hand painted tiles. A basic cross, Star of David, or other standard religious symbol on a pedestal with one hand painted tile costs $3,000 USD. A number of differently sized and shaped memorial stones are available, and additional tiles can be placed. Please consult with us for a custom memorial stone package if you prefer this option.
Services & Ceremonies:
We offer spiritual or interfaith religious services that meet the needs of a variety of beliefs and traditions.
Our memorial ceremonies may be held in any of the following areas: the Hall of Flowers in the Hacienda de Oro Visitor Center, the banks of the Rio Horcones, or the shade of the Giant Ficus Tree.
Ashes are traditionally scattered from any of the following inspirational settings: the Shade of the Giant Ficus, the banks of the Rio Horcones, the Cerro de Águila (Eagle Hill), or the Tree Fern Grotto. Family and friends usually reserve some ashes for a memorial in the garden which can range from a single hand painted tile to a cantera bench or memorial stone with a cross or statue.
Celebration of Life
Puerto Vallarta has earned its place in the hearts of a variety of extraordinary people from around the world. When we lose someone who has a connection to this special community, we look for a peaceful setting where we can honor their life and memory. The serenity and beauty of our natural sanctuary is a perfect place to remember the special people of our lives. Many of Vallarta’s distinguished luminaries have already been memorialized at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Their friends and family find a trip to the Garden provides a setting for reflection and celebration of the cycles of life.
Our Hacienda de Oro Restaurant in our Visitor Center is the ideal setting for a reception following your ceremony. For privacy, larger groups may reserve exclusive use of either the upstairs or downstairs areas. Each of our memorial packages includes garden entry and complimentary coffee and cookies for 20 guests. Additional guests may be accommodated and other reception packages with appetizers or meals can be offered. We can arrange transportation for groups.
Donating within Mexico
- Cash, check, & credit card donations are accepted at the Vallarta Botanical Garden. Please visit!
- Credit card payments may be made by phone: 322 223 6182 (10am – 6pm, closed Mon. in summer)
- Direct Deposits: Banorte account # 0201383728 (account name: Vallarta Botanical Gardens A.C.)
- For questions about tax-deductible giving in Mexico please contact us: [email protected]
Donating within Canada
Cheques may be mailed to:
Canadian Children’s Shelter of Hope Foundation
87 Lavinia Ave
Please write “VBG” for “Vallarta Botanical Gardens” on your cheques.
Alternatively, you may donate using a credit card through CanadaHelps.org (whose donation page is linked to the CCSHF website www.ccshf.ca) selecting the “Vallarta Botanical Gardens Fund.”
Donating within U.S.A.
Checks may be mailed to:
Friends of Vallarta Botanical Gardens, A.C.
759 North Campus Way
Davis, CA 95616
Wire transfers / direct deposits can be sent to:
Routing number: 322271627 General Fund Account: 0635607190
Conservatory Account: 3310099857
Credit Card Payments:
Call us w/ your card info: +52 322 223 6182
Donations of stocks and IRA distributions:
Charles Schwab Account # 46789311 DTC
Clearing # 164 Code: 40
Chase Brokerage DTC # 0352
Account # 7422361