Mexico - Puerto Vallarta 2015
NATJA Conference 2015
May 4 – May 9


May 8th

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden was what I chose to do today…gee I wonder why? I had heard such wonderful things about it but have also seen botanical gardens in other countries that were shall we say, not up to par. Was I surprised and delighted…this is a destination garden to visit for sure! Not only are the gardens wonderful to visit but the gift shop, plant sales and café are simply incredible. The people who work here are so dedicated to this place that it shows in every smile we saw. The plants around the gift shop/café area from the lily pond to the hot house filled to the rafters with plants including hundreds of orchids is mindboggling. Do yourself a huge favour and if you are in PV please go visit. It will amaze you. Leave room for a meal and souvenirs too to help support them.

El Salado Estuary

Considered an urban estuary, it is very close to PV and comprised of both mangrove and marsh. Here you can see three different types of mangrove, which was news to me as I thought mangrove was mangrove but I learned the difference between all three while here. Also has the chance to see a huge mound of dirt covered in chicken wire…in here was the nest of a crocodile. Get close to it and she will come visit you! Saw babies in various stages of development and also got to ‘pet’ one. Cool and soft to the touch. Taking a boat ride in and out is the only way to get to it and by doing this you can see how a healthy mangrove supports all kinds of bird life.

After my day visits I headed back to the hotel to freshen up before going for a little walk around the resort area. The flora in this area is wonderful and down at the end of the street there is the beautiful Vista Marina surrounded by cafes and shops. On the way back I stopped inside the Vista Vallarta Golf Club for a peek. There are two 18 hole championship golf courses here both designed by golf greats Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. The grounds are lovely and at the Clubhouse there is a restaurant that looks out over the course.

When I got back to my room to start packing up as I was leaving the next morning, I found this lovely little sweet sitting on my table. It was delicious with a cup of tea and as I sat watching the boats on the water and the setting sun…I reflected on how lucky I was to be able to attend this Symposium with all the workshops and excellent speakers and the marketplace was one stop shopping for those of us looking at what is available in this area. So much to see and do – well worth a vacation here.


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