August, 2008 - Volume III, No. 8
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.
Fiesta de la Santa Cruz
With greater attendence than in past years, this celebration took place on July 12th and 13th with the participation of thousands of people from the urban and rural communities. They congregated in El Charco del Ingenio to honor and venerate the Santa Cruz and to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the founding of the Botanical Garden and the preservation of this natural monument in our city.
The ritual offerings made with the cucharilla plant (suchil, angels and staffs) were hung in the Plaza of the Four Winds and the stations of the cross of the Botanical Garden and Parque Landeta to rededicate the entire area as protected and communal land. After the ritual ceremonies came the indigenous and folkloric dances to the sounds of huapango music from the Sierra de Xichu, Guanajuato.
Summer Camp in El Charco
A wonderful group of children and young people participated in this annual camp which concluded in July, led by Hermes Arroyo and Jesus Bautista. The kids return home after almost a month of fun and educational activities, and we look forward to doing it again next year.
Exhibit of Snakes and Reptiles
The Boveda, which is located to one side of the Plaza of Four Winds, will be inaugurated shortly as the multi-use space of the Botanical Garden, starting with this interesting exhibit of Mexican biodiversity. Live specimen of the main species of reptiles and amphibians of our region will be displayed. These come from the Herpetario of San Luis de la Paz, headed by Raul Hernandez Arciga, biologist and herpetologist from the National Polytechnical Institute and an enthusiastic collaborator with El Charco del Ingenio. The exhibit will be on display for two months and will have guided explanations and the occasionally special exotic sample of snakes will be added to the exhibit.
Sunday, August 31st to Thursday, October 30th
New Website for El Charco
Starting in September, our new website will be up and running with a lot of new material and photos. There will also be the possibility to donate online at last.
Garden Lecture Series: The Flowering Wetland
In no other part of El Charco is there so much floral color, such an abundance of cosmos and sunflowers, forming swathes of pink and yellow. But a wetland, beloved by naturalists - Thoreau sad he’d rather have a marsh for a garden – is an “extreme” environment. Water is in excess of what most plants need. So there are specialists. And we will see these. Over the wet meadow (come with the right shoes), while we are looking at the ground, swallows will skim and hover overhead; maybe a crested caracara will drift by. This walk will start in Parque Landeta and last about one hour. Our guide will be Walter Meagher, author of Wild and Wonderful: Nature up Close in El Charco, which has great coverage of the wetland area in both text and photos. Members pay 70 pesoso, non-memebers 100 pesos. Please reserve a space at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers in El Charco
We would like to thank three young people who assisted the personnel of the Botanical Garden in various work areas during the month of July. These were Joachim Havard and Corentin Havard, both geographers from France and Nicolas Vanlangendonck, cellular biologist from Belgium. We extend our sincere gratitude to them for their efforts and hope to see them back again in El Charco someday. There are many possibilities for participating in the activities of the Garden. For more information, contact Naomi Zerriffi at email@example.com.
Although many cacti bloom in March, there are several showy flowers in the Conservatory right now. And, of course, during the rainy season, there are many beautiful wildflowers to be seen throughout the garden. If you haven’t been recently, we highly recommend a stroll at this time of year.
Guided Tours in English
For the next few months El Charco will be trying out some changes to our tour schedule. Rather than only offering one tour a week on Tuesdays, we will be giving the tour 3 days-Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The start time will be 10:00a.m. sharp (instead of 9) and it will last 2 hours. A hat, water and good walking shoes are recommended.
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
And you can make a difference with your contribution - volunteer or donate. We appreciate your support!! Please contact Naomi at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.”