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El Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Garden Newsletter

October, 2006 - Volume 1, No. 8

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. Please tell your friends and prospective members/supporters how to access the newsletter and help broaden the base of support for the Botanical Garden.

The Wildflowers of the Charco del Ingenio

There will be two opportunities this month to learn about the local wildflowers. On October 10th at 4p.m. at the Villa Jacaranda, there will be an opportunity to see a slide show presentation with Richard Cretcher, photographer and author of "Guide to Wildflowers of San Miguel de Allende." This event is sponsored by Audubon.

As part of the monthly Garden Lecture Series presented by El Charco, there will be a wildflower identification tour on October 18th starting at 9:30a.m. at the main entrance of the Botanical Garden. Guided by Richard Cretcher and Mario Mendoza, Vice Director of the Garden. The cost for the identification walk is 100 pesos for non-members, 70 pesos for members of the Botanical Garden. Reservations (for the event at the botanical garden) are required - please email nzerriffi@yahoo.com to save a space.



Richard's book includes 165 photographs of flowers, identified with botanical, Spanish and English common names where they are known, size of the blooms and interesting facts about the plants. Color-coded pages reveal when the flowers bloom and where they were photographed. This guide will be available for sale at both events. It will also be available at the Biblioteca Publica.


The first is a documentary in English about the Botanical Garden's conservation project, produced by David Gillis in 2004, with a running time of 20 minutes. The second is a sequence of images of the Fiesta de la Santa Cruz del Charco del Ingenio, produced by José Manuel Pintado in 2003, with a running time of 15 minutes. Both videos are excellent. The screening will be introduced by César Arias, director of the Garden, and he will lead the question-and-answer session after the film. Tuesday, October 24, 5 PM, Teatro Santa Ana, Insurgentes 25. Admission 50 pesos.



full moon




We invite everyone to this open celebration which, for several years, has been carried out under the always-inspired direction of Alicia Mayo, at the middle of every lunar cycle at the Plaza of the Four Winds (Plaza de los Cuatro Vientos). Friday, October 6, at dusk. It is worth arriving a little early to see the coincidence of the setting of the sun and the rising of the moon among the mountains of the horizon. You can also bring a musical instrument. Admission 30 pesos, free to members.

New Office Building and Library in the Garden

For many years, the office of the Botanical Garden was located in downtown San Miguel, which was not very convenient. Finally, with the helpful support of several donors, we have constructed a simple adobe building at the entrance of the Charco, to house the administrative office as well as a small library dedicated to the natural resources of the region. We plan to have this new space ready at the end of October and we invite all members, friends and collaborators of the Charco to join with us in a cocktail inauguration, Thursday, November 2 at 5 PM, at the main entrance of the Garden. You can admire the traditional Altar of the Dead, created by Hermes Arroyo, dedicated to the memory of Toni de Gerez, enthusiastic friend and collaborator of the Botanical Garden. During the event, the book "20 Trees of the Charco del Ingenio", published by the Botanical Garden, will also be presented and on sale soon.


tienda exterior

tienda interior


Two sessions in October: Friday October 6 at 8 PM, and Sunday October 8 at 10 AM. Donation 250 pesos. Limited space. Reservations at 154-8838, cellular 01-443-103-3019 or at the Botanical Garden office.



This ritual and curative sweatlodge takes place every month, near the full moon, in the ruins of a hacienda located in the Botanical Garden, on the far side of the reservoir, under the direction of Eduardo de la Garza, a traditional temascal leader. The combination of heat, humidity and herbs is a purifying experience for the body and spirit. The benefits are multiple: it activates circulation, increases the body's defenses, eliminates pains, lowers uric acid, relaxes the muscles, soothes the nervous system, stimulates respiration and is excellent for losing weight.

VOLUNTEERING – You can make a difference

please contact Naomi at nzerriffi@yahoo.com or 152 1829.

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