PLANT SALE / SALON » Sunday, December 23

XPlanta Open House / Salon » 2 pm until 6 pm every Sunday.

“The Night Cafe” courtesy of DilettanteVille’s Second Life:
DillettanteVilles Night Cafe
Plants will be available for sale and we will be in the mood for discussion and information.

This is an evolving nursery and our emphasis is on plants that affect human senses and on those that have stories to tell. Most of our plants are not normal ornamental varieties, although many of our plants are ornamental. We love to talk about plants and this open house is rapidly evolving into a “Plant Salon” of botanical aficionados.

A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring hostess or host, partly to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation and readings.

Plants may also be purchased by appointment at other times.

LOCATION: Manantial 375, Colonia Buenos Aires, Puerto Vallarta
TEL: Soon. Telmex said 1-6 weeks. Nada so far…

XPlanta CLASS » Dreams are Necessary to Life » Dec 2

Mexico is the land of dreams. This class explores the native Mexican plants that have been used by indigenous peoples here for stimulating and amplifying human dreams. There is a very fine line between dreams while sleeping and dreams while in an awakened or semi-awakened state (often called hallucinations). We’ll explore some of the contradictions and confusion concerning the validity of these states.

Anais Nin by Modigliani
“Dreams are Necessary to life” — Anais Nin

Everyone who signs up for this class will be given dried versions of two of these plants (Heimia salicifolia and Calea zacatechichi) to take home with them to experiment with.

Detailed ethnobotanical information will be given to participants for preparation.

And we will discuss the role(s) of dreams in life.

If you wish to take this class, please sign up early as registration is extremely limited. Small classes are more fun for me and will be more interesting for you.

The cost of the class is 50 pesos.
The time is 10 am, Sunday, Dec 2.
The place is the XPlantation.

“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might generate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.” — Anais Nin

CLASS – Automatic and Drip Irrigation for the lazy Gringo » November 25

Puerto Vallarta is in the tropics and everyone thinks of the tropics as wet, wet, wet.

Well, this part of the tropics isn’t all that wet. We have a long dry spell from November until June and plants that aren’t native here and adjusted to this situation will usually die, whether they are planted in pots or in the ground. A regular system of watering is necessary for healthy plants.
Drip irrigation Class
Information available about drip irrigation is plentiful but not much of it applies to tropical conditions. Systems designed for cooler places disintegrate or self-destruct here very quickly. Plastic pipes do not like the intense summer sun of the tropics. Electrical components have trouble coping with the vagaries of the Mexican electrical grid. Water pressure varies from hour to hour. Hired help often forgets to water or waters incorrectly, Etc.

I have 10 years commercial experience with drip and automatic watering systems in the northern climates and 2 years non-commercial experience here in Puerto Vallarta. I’ve imported many timers and components. I’ve discovered which work and which don’t.

In this class I will teach the basics of drip and automatic irrigation and will demonstrate the varieties of equipment available here in Puerto Vallarta and by import and how to make them work in individual situations. I’ll also demonstrate misting for those who need to periodically mist plants like orchids.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is necessary. The cost of the class is 100 pesos, which can be paid by paypal ($10 US) or at the time of the class in pesos.

TIME: 10 am, Sunday morning, November 25, 2007.
PLACE: The XPlantation, Manantial 375, Colonia Buenos Aires, Old Town, Puerto Vallarta. MAP
By email at class-registration (at)