El Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Garden Newsletter
November, 2008 - Volume III, No. 11
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.
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Day of the Dead Altar in El Charco:
As in previous years, the Botanical Garden, under the guidance of Hermes Arroyo, will prepare an altar and offering for Day of the Dead. This year the altar is dedicated to two prominent cactologists, world renowned scholars and defenders of Mexican biodiversity:
The altar will be open to the public starting on Saturday, November 1st at 4:00p.m. There will be punch, atole, tamales as well as music and eulogies. We hope our members and friends will be able to join us in this celebration. Entrance is free.
In addition to enjoying their week in San Miguel, our guests had the opportunity to learn about the developments at El Charco such as the restoration of the wetlands and scrubland of the reserve, the environmental education programs, and a point of mutual interest to both Gardens – our cacti and succulent collection - the second most important in Mexico after the UNAM.
The visit finished with a presentation on the poaching of cacti in Mexico, a practice that is increasing and threatening the biodiversity of our country. We are also happy to announce a series of agreements of collaboration between the two Gardens which means support for the continued development of our Botanical Garden. We hope our friends from DBG will return to San Miguel in the near future.
Garden Lecture Series: BONSAI presentation
Dan-Horia will be starting a weekly bonsai class in January, limited to 10 people. More details will be available at the presentation. You can find out more about Mr. Chinda at http://atelierdhc.com/chindadojo/master/master.htm and you may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending the classes.
Volunteers of both El Charco and Audubon will be in the jardin from 11a.m.-2p.m. on Nov. 22-23, Nov 29-30 and Dec 6-7. Membership is an easy way of showing support and receiving several benefits. We would like to see each one of our members have a friend of theirs join during this drive. The first 50 people to join El Charco will get a free copy of the book, Wild and Wonderful: Nature Up Close at El Charco. Another idea – buy a membership for a friend as a holiday gift or to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.
Guided Tours in English
Tuesdays at 10:00a.m. sharp; duration 2 hours. A hat, water and good walking shoes are recommended. 50 pesos for members and 80 pesos for non-members. Private tours are also available for 150 pesos per person (minimum 5 persons). Reservations are not necessary.
Expo Reptiles 08:
A Fountain for El Charco
With an artistic and natural design, formed with rocks from the reserve and succulents from the botanical collection of the Garden, this fountain is now in operation near the entrance. We thank Timoteo Wachter, well known landscape architect in San Miguel, for this beautiful gift of freshness to El Charco.
The Boveda: A Community SpaceThe Boveda can seat 80 people and has a bathroom, kitchen and storage area and is located next to the Plaza of Four Winds. In addition to the Garden’s organized activities (such as the Expo Reptiles which has just finished and the altar for Day of the Dead), the Boveda will be available for rental which not only provides a service to the community but represents a way to fund our conservation project. For more information, contact Olivia Ledon, our Public Relations director at email@example.com
New Website for El Charco
If you haven’t already done so, we recommend visiting our new internet site which has updated and extensive information about all aspects of our project: creating the garden, the botanical collection, biodiversity, the historical site, activities, publications, how to contribute, and much more. It is also now possible to donate online and there are downloadable forms for becoming a member, renewing membership and volunteering.
FULL MOON CEREMONY
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.
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.”