El Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Garden Newsletter
January, 2007 - Volume 2, No. 1
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 NOT SO GOOD NEWS:
URBAN EXPANSION RISK IN THE ECOLOGICAL BUFFER ZONE: For several months, the Board of the Botanical Garden has been discussing with the local authorities concerning the use of this protected area for high density housing near the Conservatory of Mexican Plants. The Project entitled “El Deseo”, similar to El Encanto, plans on building 119 houses and condo apartments on 5 hectares inside the buffer zone established in the Urban Development Plan of San Miguel. Should this Project proceed as planned, it will have a negative and irreversible impact on the site and set a precedent for future development around El Charco. The Board will continue the struggle with the developers and City but we could use the support of our members and members of the community as well.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN 2007:
The Botanical Garden has covered all fixed costs (salaries, taxes, etc.) through its own income. However, we still depend on outside contributions for special expenses for infrastructure and equipment and in this our members and supporters play a very important role through their donations. This year we are planning on opening a juice bar/café next to the Reception area as a service to the visitors of the Garden. As well, bathrooms in the Conservatory are projected. A new botanical area, the Opuntias Garden, dedicated to the nopals native to El Charco as well as other regions of the semi-arid areas of Mexico will be a wonderful addition to our collection. Work on restoring the wetlands area continues this year, starting with the operation of the water treatment project in Parque Landeta. And two new publications are taking form – one dedicated to the native succulents and another, more ambitious, about the resident and migratory birds of El Charco del Ingenio. And we keep on rolling….
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. For the next four months, your guide is Martin Smith, curator of plants. The tour is conducted in English but Martin 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 the reception at 154-8838 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We suggest that if you do not drive, you take a taxi at a cost of 30-40 pesos as it is an uphill walk.
FULL MOON CEREMONY
We invite everyone to this open celebration that has been taking place for many years during the full moon cycle at the Four Winds Plaza in the Botanical Garden. This month it will take place on January 3rd under the leadership of Alicia Mayo. It’s worth arriving a little early to admire the setting of the sun and the appearance of the moon over the mountains. We recommend bringing a coat and a musical instrument if you wish. Admission is 30pesos, free for members.
VOLUNTEERING / DONATIONS – You can make a difference
And you can make a difference with your donations. We appreciate your support!! Please contact Naomi at email@example.com
E-mail any comments or questions to the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
We send warm wishes to our dear friend and supporter, Sue Reid, to help her in the transition she faces – that all of us must face one day. Thank you, Sue, for your joy and generosity!!
A New Year’s Message
One time, the Dalai Lama was asked what was the most surprising thing about humanity and he answered:
Men who lose their health to make money,