El Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Garden Newsletter
December, 2007 - Volume 2, No. 12
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!
The Ducks Have Arrived
photo by Rosario Otero
... and not just ducks, but many other species of birds who each year travel thousands of kilometers from Canada and the United States to visit us during the winter months looking for food and warmer weather. We highly recommend a walk around the reservoir Las Colonias circling by Parque Landeta either early morning or around sunset. In this manner you can observe the new species and groups of water fowl finding refuge and sustenance around the artificial islands in the reservoir. Bring binoculars and don’t hurry.
Artistic Inspiration: Keith Miller
Besides being a natural monument, an ecological sanctuary, and a community center, El Charco has been an inspiration to talented artists for over half a century. The landscape has given shape to a series of works of art from the watercolors of Leonard Brooks to the engravings of Aurora Estrada and the drawings of Pedro Friedeberg to more recent works such as this painting by Keith Miller.
Photographers - Share Your Pics
In March we asked for volunteer photographers to share with us recent photos of the Botanical Garden and El Charco. 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: email@example.com.
El Suchil and the Cucharilla
Ahimsa Ceremony for a Culture of Peace
A little more information about this ecumenical act which took place simultaneously in Ahmedadbad, India, Chapultepec Park in Mexico City and El Charco in San Miguel de Allende last October 2 (World Day of Non-Violence and birthday of Mahatma Gandhi): http://www.oraworldmandala.org/today.htm
A Gift Idea
As we approach the end of the year and holiday season, why not consider giving a membership to the botanical garden to family or friends as a gift that can be used all year – and, at the same time, supports the conservation efforts of El Charco. Membership forms can be obtained at Border Crossings (Reloj and Mesones) and at the reception area of the garden. And please remember, we can always use the gift of your time. If you would like to learn more about opportunities for volunteering, please contact Naomi at firstname.lastname@example.org .
FULL MOON CEREMONY:
BOOKS AVAILABLE AT LA TIENDA
Inventory of Spontaneous Flora in El Charco del Ingenio, by Walter L. Meagher, published in Spanish, edited by el Instituto de Ecología AC, de Pátzcuaro Michoacán, as part of a series entitled “Flora del Bajío y Regiones Adyacente” (Flora of the Bajio and Adjacent Regions). 50 pesos.
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.
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.
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