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Vallarta Botanical Garden — 2022 Garden of Excellence Award — American Public Garden Association

Garden Mission and History

Our Mission

“To create Mexico’s foremost botanical garden for the propagation, study, discovery, conservation, and display of Mexican native plants for the enjoyment of Puerto Vallarta´s residents and our visitors.”
It is our hope that you will enjoy learning about and seeing Mexican orchids and other native plant here at Vallarta Botanical Garden. Many of the orchids you see here were grown in our in vitro propagation lab. You are invited to view the in vitro lab in the Native Plant house through our viewing window.

Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a leading environmental organization in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with the mission to study, preserve, and display Mexican native plants for the enjoyment of locals and international visitors and has been a top conservation leader in Mexico for over 17 years.

From a world-class facility in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Vallarta Botanical Garden provides an unprecedented opportunity to share the wonder of the vast diversity of Mexico’s unrivaled and unique plant species with people from around the world. The assembled botanical collections are housed in a safe environment, and the Garden maintains the most-visited public collection of orchids in the country of Mexico.
Additionally, The Vallarta Botanical Garden has focused on protecting endangered species and habitats since its founding in 2004. In an ongoing campaign, Vallarta Botanical Garden plays a vital role in a decade-long conservation project for the emblematic military macaw (ara militaris mexicanus), which was vanishing from the area until recently. The artificial nest box project has provided a vital link in the reproduction of this apex species, and wild military macaws can be seen daily at the botanical garden.

Vallarta Botanical Garden has celebrated the gorgeous Mexican wildlife, its diversity, and its most prided flora species and birds, attracting crowds of visitors and raising awareness regarding the importance of wildlife preservation.
The Garden exists today, but the aim is to prolong the longevity of Mexican nature and ensure these wild lands and species are protected for future generations. “It is a considerable effort and one that can’t be done alone, “says General Director Jesus Reyes.

Our Vision

To build upon our 17-year track record of conservation and preservation to ensure a sustainable Mexico and preserve ecosystems and protect endangered habitat.