I take trips to the extraordinary Vallarta Jardín Botánico often. It is a favorite place to stimulate my creativity. I am not alone. USA Today named it one of its Readers’ Choice “10 Best” Gardens in North America. I visit seasonally for inspiration and to have lunch in the wonderful restaurant. I visit seasonally for inspiration and to have lunch in the wonderful restaurant. As with the rest of the garden, the lily pond is constantly evolving. In the summer there are large Amazon waterlilies filling the pond.
Back to the Aztecs. The image of the eagle devouring the rattlesnake on a prickly pear cactus (tuna de nopal) appeared in an unlikely place – on a tiny island in the middle of Lake Texcoco. To build their city, the Aztecs formed a number of small garden islands connected by causeways. The eagle in the lilypond sits on its own island surrounded by beautiful flowering lilies.