El Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Garden Newsletter
July, 2008 - Volume III, No. 7
OUR MISSION: To protect and preserve our natural heritage and help build an environmental culture while developing a Botanical Garden dedicated to Mexican flora and providing an oasis of peace and tranquility for all. Please tell your friends and prospective members/supporters how to access the newsletter and help broaden the base of support for the Botanical Garden.
Audubon Supports the Bird Sanctuary
The Audubon Society of San Miguel has offered financial support to our association to help condition the bird observation areas on both sides of the wetland in the Botanical Garden as well as in Parque Landeta.
We thank Timoteo Wachter for his generous collaboration with the landscape design of the wetland and Luis Franke, who offered trees from his nursery and ideas concerning the planting of these trees.
This restoration project is a good example of how non-profit organizations and individuals can work together towards the common goal of environmental conservation.
Garden Lecture Series: ***HIGHLY RECOMMENDED***
A lecture, in English with a slide show by Wayne Colony, a retired geologist living in San Miguel, who has been studying the geology of El Charco for the last several years. Wayne has also participated in the latest scientific research about wildlife in the area and will share his beautiful photos. This presentation was completely sold out last June so reserve early by emailing: email@example.com, General 100 pesos, members 70 pesos. Meet at El Charco’s visitor reception area by 9:20a.m.
Summer Camp at El Charco
After a successful science camp last year (which will take place this year in the Public Library with field trips to El Charco), this July we will have summer camp with a different approach, more artistic and recreational with many activities and workshops such as caring for the plants in the nursery, observation of wildlife, creating natural and folk art, rock climbing, scoutcraft and knot-tying, and a course in first aid. The Camp will be held for three weeks from July 6-29 under the experienced leadership of Hermes Arroyo and Jesus Bautista. It will be in Spanish.
After several months of work, we have results from our collaboration agreement with UNAH (National Agronomy University of Havana) and ITESI (Institute of Technology of Irapuato) made at the beginning of the year.
Every Tuesday morning discover the marvels of cacti and other Mexican plants as well as the history of El Charco through a guided tour in English. Entrance fee is 30 pesos (waived for members) and the tour is 50 pesos. All proceeds benefit the garden. The tour starts at the main entrance at 9:00a.m. and lasts about 2.5 hours. Bring a hat and water. Space is limited, so reserve by calling 154-8838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Butterflies Defend Themselves
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Wild and Wonderful: Nature Up Close at El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden. Text by Walter Meagher and photographs by Wayne Colony. Foreward by E.O. Wilson. 300 pesos. On sale at the Botanical Garden gift shop and bookstores in San Miguel. This book is being highly praised by all who have read it. A must have.
Artists for El Charco
Pedro Friedeberg, well known Mexican artist who has exhibited internationally, lived in San Miguel between 1990 and 2000. In 1994, the artist offered the budding botanical garden a series of illustrations based on the distinctive flora and fauna of El Charco.
El Charco Gift Shop
Have you visited the new gift shop at El Charco? We recommend that you stop by to see a series of new products at the Botanical Garden. And don't miss the juice bar and cafeteria next to the Visitors Center of the Botanical Garden.
FULL MOON CEREMONY:
New Membership Fees
Starting July 1st the fee has gone from 500 to 600 pesos for annual membership. This source of income is important for El Charco and is a way of contributing to the future of our project. Benefits to the member include:
We thank you for your understanding and support.
You can make a difference - Please volunteer
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“Botanical Gardens are not just places for conserving and displaying plants. At the dawn of the new millennium, they are main actors in the defense and protection of the planet’s biodiversity, with a growing focus on the regional – thinking globally and acting locally. And they are also builders of a new environmental culture for the societies that inhabit the Earth.”