Developing Garden Programming in Latin America

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Developing Garden Programming in Latin America

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Isthmus of Tehuantepec

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Special Opportunities For Garden Programming In Latin America Biodiverse Regions Understudied Regions ( Discoveries Await ) Rich Ethnobotanical Traditions Warm & Welcoming Cultures

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Discoveries Await Magnolia vallartensis

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Indigenous Knowledge, Highly Sophisticated Pre-Columbian Cultures Mexican Poet -King Nezahualcóyotl founded Mexico’s fist known Botanical Garden at his Texcotzingo Palace in the early 1400’s

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Aquaculture with Ancient Roots Chinampas “Floating Gardens” of Mexico City Islands in a canal system anchored by willows Dimensions allow water to permeate the soil

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Tianguis “Open Air Markets” remain a fixture for finding medicinal plants all over Mexico

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Inspiring Educators Passionate about Connecting People and Plants In the words of University of Guadalajara educator Juan Luis Cifuentes Lemus , “Lo que se conoce se quiere , y lo que se quiere se cuida .”

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Special Challenges in Developing and Maintaining Programs in Latin America Possible - Language barriers - Deficiencies in Institutional readiness - Cultural differences

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Vallarta Botanical Gardens Founded in 2005, Opened in 2006

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Vallarta Botanical Gardens Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México Creation : turning an idea into reality …

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Orchid Propagation And Display Focusing on native species

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Interpretive Trails

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Complimentary school visits and tours

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Curriculum for School Groups Providing materials to school teachers prior to their visits can allow for their classroom studies to prepare students academically for more meaningful and engaging visits.

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Meeting of the Vallarta Orchid Society Cooperation with other community organizations, especially but not limited to those with botanical interests, can help attract and engage diverse audiences.

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Sustainable harvesting of native plant materials can be a great way to engage audiences in botanical education and make a difference in people’s health and the health of local forests. Capomo Festival

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Because of challenging economic conditions, limited enforcement, and few good environmental education programs, poaching is a constant threat against wildlife.

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International Cooperation as Sister City Gardens

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First Steps Reciprocal Entry Destination Travel Raffle

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Other great programs and partnerships are in place in Latin America including excellent work by the Missouri Botanical Gardens, Desert Botanical Gardens, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, BGCI, and certainly many more… Upcoming Sentinel Plant Network Conference in Mexico or Central America

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Neil Gerlowski, Director Ejecutivo Los Jardines Botánicos de Vallarta neil@vbgardens.org Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México www.vbgardens.org ¡ Muchas Gracias!

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