vallarta botanical garden lily pond
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The lily pond at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden

driveway to PVBG
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Left, conservatory; right, Hacienda de Oro restaurant and bar. The bugambilias (Bougainvillea) were in full flower and consequently the place was on fire with hot pink and red flowers.

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden's Neil Gerlowski
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Executive Director Neil Gerlowski led a tour of the gardens. We were about to enter the lovely conservatory here, which was brimming with orchids, including Vanilla planifolia (true vanilla orchid), lots of air plants (including our beloved Tillandsia ) and such tropical herbs as Anthurium (seen below, members of the arum family).

Philippine jade vine
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Philippine jade vine (Stongylodon macrobotrys) – longer than the longest wisteria inflorescence I’ve ever seen, and with the most amazing coloration ever on a flower (excluding some Puya, which are also this surreal turquoise color). Picture standing under whole a bower of these! Note to self: not so good for accentuating a pasty-white complexion such as mine!

hibiscus drink with Stongylodon macrobotrys
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…but I must say, that Stongylodon macrobotrys sure looks nice alongside the red Bugambilia (Bougainvillea) in that delicious glass of jamaica (red hibiscus water drink)! The food was delicious, including the coffee, which was sorely needed after a grueling hike down a steep hillside clad with wild begonia, vining bamboo, air plants and orchids, ferns, and salvias to reach the river.

Roberto Price
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Robert Price, founder (with him mum Betty) of the PV Botanical Gardens. I wish I’d snapped his photo next to that crazy Stongylodon macrobotrysvine, as his eyes and shirt are nearly the same color as those turquoise flowers! Oh well, next time, Roberto!

cactus, succulent, and cycad beds
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Cactus, succulents and cycads play a prominent role in the garden bed plantings near the restaurant

downstairs at Hacienda del Oro
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A still life at the Hacienda del Oro, as beautiful as any of Roberto’s exquisite terrariums!

vallarta botanical garden lily pond
driveway to PVBG
Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden's Neil Gerlowski
Philippine jade vine
hibiscus drink with Stongylodon macrobotrys
Roberto Price
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downstairs at Hacienda del Oro
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