El Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Garden Newsletter
July, 2006 - Volume 1, No. 5
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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GARDEN LECTURE SERIES
This month we have a special guest from the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden, Kirti Mathura, who has agreed to lead the session on July 14th at 5:00p.m. (17:00). at the Botanical Garden. Please reserve a space by contacting Naomi at email@example.com or call 152 1829.
ADOPT A TREE PROGRAM
This program is a new initiative to raise funds to plant a barrier of large trees between the garden and the housing development in order to maintain the natural aesthetics of the garden. For $500 US you can adopt a tree to be planted as part of the visual barrier and a small plaque will be installed in your name. Call or e-mail us about this opportunity. It can be given as a gift for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary or in memory of someone close to you.
In the Tienda
Interested in gardening in San Miguel? Fen Taylor’s book, About the Garden, is a well-written, informative book now available at the Tienda for 50pesos.
Another helpful guide to shrubs and trees in the area is called Arbustivas Nativas de Uso Multiple en Guanajuato [Multiple-Use Native Shrubs in Guananjuato] with color photos, easy to understand text in Spanish about the attributes of the trees, habitat, uses, propagation and more. It’s written by the Director of Parque Landeta, Cristina Gonzalez. Makes a great gift at 350pesos.
TUESDAY GUIDED TOURS
The guided tours of the garden 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
This free ceremony was held on June 21 st. It is a celebration of life, a time to let go of the old cycle and regenerate our energy to start the new solar cycle. During the ceremony stagnant energy in our bodies is gathered up using purification techniques, and cast into the fire, with tobacco and herb offerings and people are thoroughly cleansed before sunrise, drawing on energy from the elements (earth, fire, water, wind, space) the four cardinal points and the 10 directions. The ceremony leader, Roland Torikian, began shortly after 5am and finished soon after sunrise.
VOLUNTEERING – You can make a difference
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