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El Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Garden Newsletter

June, 2006 - Volume 1, No. 4

Our Mission: To protect and preserve our natural heritage while developing a Botanical Garden dedicated to Mexican flora and providing an oasis of peace and tranquility.

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World Environnment Day Plantings– JUNE 3-5


After the successful Earth Day clean up the end of April outside Parque Landeta in which 150 persons participated, the Botanical Garden prepared tree planting events inside Parque Landeta and El Charco to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5 th.


The first event was on June 3rd in which twenty-five members of an indigeneous community planted more than 100 cucharillas (or chimal) inside Parque Landeta. These are native plants resembling agaves which are used in making Súchel and in rituals during local festivals. These plants are threatened with extinction which is why the Botanical Garden has had a planting program of this species for years.  

The second event was on June 5th in which sixty-five people, most of them school children, planted fifty pine trees and fifty mesquite trees inside Parque Landeta.  

A third plantation took place several days later inside the Botanical Garden with the help of nursery owner and ecologist, Luis Franke.


Our staff planted about 100 trees, mostly pepper trees and mesquites, as part of the visual barrier required to mitigate the visual impact of houses being built on the Garden’s perimeter.


The first of this series was held June 9th at the Four Winds Plaza. The guest speaker was Fen Taylor who has over 30 years experience gardening locally. Fen covered some basics such as soil, composting, mulching, etc.

The intention of this series is to inform people about various aspects of gardening in San Miguel. They are informal and consist mostly of questions and answers and last about one hour. July 14th at 10:00a.m. Mario Mendoza, Vice-Director of El Charco, will speak about cacti. In August Fen will return to do a one hour walking tour of El Charco talking about the trees, their properties, diseases, care, etc. In September, we will visit a local nursery to learn about flowers.. At the end of October, Fen has proposed doing a hands-on tree pruning session.

We will also be having sessions about native plants, water features, xeriscaping and many more topics. Each meeting is limited to 20 people so reservations are required. Cost is 70 pesos for members and 100 pesos for non-members. Contact Naomi at nzerriffi@yahoo.com or 152 1829 for more information or to reserve a space.



With the start of the rainy season, nature is starting to wake up!

Trees and shrubs are turning green and the first flowers of summer are showing their colors and lovely scents. An early morning walk along the paths of the Botanical Garden, discovering the small wildflowers starting to push through, is highly recommended.



Recently SAPASMA had a problem with pipes in the colonia Palmita de Landeta and raw sewage flowed into the arroyo in Parque Landeta and it will be there until a heavy rain washes it away. The water treatment plant that will be constructed in Parque Landeta will ensure that we never have this problem again. In the meantime, please do not approach the arroyo nor let your pets go into the water. This water is highly contaminated.


El Charco conducts guided tours of the garden that includes the conservatory, wetland and canyon. These tours are 2 hours long and begin at 9 am every Tuesday. Your guide is Mario Mendoza, the knowledgeable Vice-Director of the garden. The tour is conducted in English but Mario can also explain in Spanish. The cost is 80 pesos for non-members and 50 pesos for members. It is a very informative and interesting tour and we encourage members and their visitors to take advantage of it and learn more about the garden and its programs. Plus you are able to visit the nursery which is not open to the public. Please reserve a space by calling MARIO at 0444151010338 or e-mail charcodelingenio@gmail.com. We suggest that if you do not drive that you take a taxi at a cost of 30-40 pesos as it is an uphill walk.


We are looking for an entomologist who can do an inventory of insects in the garden.

We are also looking for someone to be in charge of membership.

Once the rainy season starts we will need quite a few volunteers helping to maintain the garden.

Please contact Naomi at nzerriffi@yahoo.com or 152 1829 for these or other volunteer opportunities.

E-mail any comments or questions to the Editor, Jaci Winters at charcodelingenio@gmail.com