El Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Garden Newsletter
October, 2007 - Volume 2, No. 10
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.
PARQUE LANDETA: a natural space
More and more users and visitors of El Charco are discovering this vast natural area of 35 hectares situated to the east of the Botanical Garden and near the end of the Presa Las Colonias. While belonging to the City, the management of this Ecological Preservation Zone was handed over to the Botanical Garden 15 years ago to be developed as an ecological and recreational park. People come to run, walk, let their dogs loose, observe birds, bicycle or simply enjoy its natural beauty. Parque Landeta has minimal infrastructure – designed, constructed and paid for by the botanical garden – fences, doors, gathering places, paths and signs. More than 2,000 trees and shrubs have been planted, which are regularly pruned and the native vegetation is cared for as well. Guards offer security to the users, especially on weekends. There is parking at the entrance or one may enter on foot either through the entrance or through the Botanical Garden. Entrance is free (parking is 20 pesos). Welcome to Parque Landeta, a natural area open to all!
Ahimsa Ceremony for a Culture of Peace
For the International Day of No Violence and the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, El Charco del ingenio invites everyone to participate in this ecumenical ceremony for a culture of peace, to be led by Alicia Mayo. Ceremonies of this nature will be taking place simultaneously throughout the world, in such places as the Chapultepec Forest en Mexico City, at the Ashram Sabarmati en Ahmenabad in India (birthplace of Gandhi and of the Ahimsa movement). This global initiative was launched in 2005 by the Ora World Mandala organization and by the Center of Peace Studies at Gujarat Vidyapith (university founded by Gandhi). El Charco del Ingenio, declared a Peace Zone by the Dalai Lama in 2004, participates in this movement through activities in the Botanical Garden as well as sending the director, César Arias, to Ahmenabad, where he will offer a handful of earthfrom the Charco to the "Earth respository" at the Ashram Sabarmati. Ahimsa: The Movement for Nonviolence and a Culture of Peace.
Environmental Education program starts up again
With the start of the new school year, PEASMA (Environmental Education Program of San Miguel) has initiated their activities in 10 schools involving approximately 3,500 children. The Botanical Garden and Parque Landeta have started to receive groups of 2nd, 4th, and 6th graders, who discover, observe and become aware of and have fun with nature.
Juice Bar in the Charco opening soon…
Presentation and book signing of
This scientific publication in Spanish is part of a series called Flora of the Bajio and Adjacent Regions put out by the Instiittute of Ecologia of Patzcuaro, Michoacan. Walter Meagher, resident of San Miguel and enthusiastic supporter of El Charco, studied botany at the Horticultural School of the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, the University of Michigan and the Kellogg Biological Station. His principal botanical interest is in community studies, especially of wetlands. He writes in several magazines and publications, and he is a member of the BSBI (Botanical Society of the British Isles) and the ASPT (American Society of Plant Taxonomists). The book will be presented by the author and copies signed on Saturday, October 13th at 10:00a.m. in the library of the Botanical Garden. The book cost 50pesos. Mario Mendoza, the technical director, will also be present.
OTHER BOOKS AVAILABLE AT LA TIENDA
Flores Silvestres de San Miguel de Allende, by Richard Cretcher. Bilingual pocket guide with photos by the author for identifying local wildflowers. 150 pesos.
20 Trees of El Charco del Ingenio: bilingual with photos, published by the Botanical Garden. 60 pesos.
20 Succulents of El Charco del Ingenio: bilingual with photos, published by the Botanical Garden. 60 pesos.
Photographers - Share Your Pics
- In March we asked for volunteer photographers to share with us recent photos of the Botanical Garden and El Charco. Two members have done just that and we are very grateful to them. This request for any wonderful photos you may have of El Charco is ongoing and we would be most appreciative if you would contact us at any time: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FULL MOON CEREMONY:
REMINDER TO MEMBERS
Sign-in Book: In March we initiated this request to members to sign in at Reception with your name, date and number of people in your group. This information, as well as the guest sign-in book, helps us improve our services to our members and visitors. Thank you for your cooperation.
Membership Renewal: When renewing your membership at Border Crossings or at the Reception area, please ask for a renewal form. This helps us maintain current lists with proper email addresses, etc. We want to remind you of the new option of having a membership for more than one year.
User Survey: This brief and simple form is available at Reception in both English and Spanish and we ask our visitors and members to fill one out please. We are interested in knowing who, when and why people visit El Charco so we can offer better services, improve our programs, etc. This is also an opportunity to give us your comments and suggestions.
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