-excerpts from an October press release:

International Peace Garden Foundation announced that Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has been selected and honored, as the site of the 2017 International Peace Garden.

The Peace Garden will be located at the Vallarta Botanical Garden along the approach to a new multi-faith chapel. “Puerto Vallarta is a leader in Mexico for respecting diversity of cultures and human rights, along with overlapping many of the priorities of the International Peace Garden Foundation” said Paula Savage, Foundation President.

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Tony van Hasselt does a plein air watercolor demo while at the P.V. Botanical Gardens during his “Tropical Escapaint” week at the Casa.

Canada presented the first Peace Garden to the United States in 1990 in recognition of their long lasting friendship as they share the longest undefended border in the world for over 200 years. This began the tradition of naming recipient countries. The tulip became the official flower of the International Peace Garden because of its significance in Canada, tied to World War II and the Dutch Royal Family.
The International Peace Garden Foundation is a non profit organization established in 1990 traveling the world to advance global friendship and international understanding through the creation of Peace Gardens.
Presently there are twenty-two International Peace Gardens spanning five continents. Mexico is the second country in Central America to receive this honor. San Jose, Costa Rica was honored in 1999.
Plans are underway to complete the project by February for the planned dedication on February 16th, 2017. “The design includes ornamental terracing and access ramps for persons with disabilities. Plantings will focus on a geographical region that gave birth to several of the leading world religions through plants that grow together in harmony with each other and with our native plants as well,” said Vallarta Botanical Garden Executive Director, Neil Gerlowski.
Like never before, the future of our world and its inhabitants depends on people coming together to work out peaceful solutions for our collective challenges. We can all play a part in this and shape the world we live in. One way towards accomplishing this  is to set aside places dedicated for such actions. Outdoor spaces filled with natural beauty are especially appropriate as these landscapes restore the soul and create the perfect settings for purposeful reflection towards positive change.

While this designation is certain to bring great notoriety to the Vallarta Botanical Garden, the city of Puerto Vallarta, and the Banderas Bay region as a welcoming destination dedicated to international peace and friendship, it brings no direct funding. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens is accepting tax-deductible donations (Mexico, Canada and the US) for this project. Please visit vbgardens.org for more information.