Slide Show: Travels in Mexico
The lily pond at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden
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.
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 Tillan
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 turqu
…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, wh
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, ne
Cactus, succulents and cycads play a prominent role in the garden bed plantings near the restaurant
A still life at the Hacienda del Oro, as beautiful as any of Roberto’s exquisite terrariums!