May, 2009 - Volume IV, No. 5
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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Earth Day in San Miguel – Celebrated April 25th
Many children and some adults spent the Saturday morning learning about the local flora and fauna and environment while cleaning up trash they found along the way on their walk from the Botanical Garden to Parque Landeta. There was an educational video shown in the Boveda as well as other activities to teach about our relationship to nature. The morning events ended in Parque Landeta where fruit, juice and sandwiches were served, mojigangas danced, and prizes were distributed. The prizes consisted of free entrance tickets to the Botanical Garden, T shirts, and small good luck charms to remind us of the importance of working as a team and taking care of our environment. Thanks to everyone who participated in this successful Earth Day event, mainly local schools, with special recognition to the San Miguel Environmental Education Program (PEASMA), launched by Save the Children (FAI), as well as UNAM, the new custodian of Parque Landeta.
As part of our Earth Day activities, members and friends responded to our call to send their gardeners to El Charco for a day, and some other residents also came to help. A team of 15, led by Mario Mendoza, Director of the Botanical Garden, worked several hours removing paixtle (an invasive epiphyte that can smother a tree). The gardeners also received training from the staff about handling and gardening with succulents, which are beautiful and need little water. The experience was so successful for everyone that we would like to make it a permanent program and welcome the gardeners at El Charco once a month. For the month of May our Director will meet the gardeners at 9:00a.m. on May 20th to assign tasks. There will also be training sessions on gardening techniques. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas you may have concerning this new program.
El Charco staff members at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
As part of the collaboration between our organization and the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) of Phoenix, Arizona, Marta García Granados and Lorena Gutiérrez, curators of the El Charco botanical collection, spent a month visiting the DBG, perhaps the most important cacti garden in the world. Marta and Lorena received a warm welcome from the Directors of the Garden and the DBG curator of plants, Raul Puente, and subsequently received 15 days of intensive training in the management of cacti and succulents. At the same time, they brought their experience and knowledge from years of working at El Charco under the guidance of our dear friend and curator of plants, Martin Smith. It was an great experience for them and they have returned enriched, with much to teach us. We send a heartfelt thank you to the DBG for providing this opportunity and hope it is only the beginning of further collaboration.
YOGA EN EL CHARCO with Ximena Velasco.
Cost: 85 pesos /class, or monthly package of 8 classes for 560 pesos (70 pesos /class).
Tuesdays from 10a.m.-12:30p.m. 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.
Come and enthusiastically participate and dedicate your intention and energies on Thursday, April 9th at 8 PM at the Plaza of the Four Winds at the Jardin Botánico (don’t forget to change your clocks one hour ahead April 5th). Bonfire, incense, chanting, drumming included. Bring flutes, cymbals, a drum or any other instrument if you want.
It’s worth arriving a little early to admire the setting of the sun and the appearance of the moon over the mountains. You may want to bring a coat for cool evenings. Admission is 30 pesos, free for members. Children welcome. Any questions, call Alicia Mayo at 152 -0376.
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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.”