November, 2009 - Volume IV, 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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REMINDER: New Rules Concerning Access to El Charco with Pets
By agreement of the Board of Directors, starting November 1st, 2009, no dogs or other pets will be allowed in the Botanical Garden (see October newsletter). This measure – permanent and which applies to all visitors – does not include Parque Landeta where dogs may go free as long as the owners are respectful of the biodiversity and the other visitors. Dogs without owners discovered inside the Botanical Garden and the Reserve, may be captured and taken to the Department of Ecology. We thank you for your understanding and collaboration.
New Entrance Fee to the Garden
For the last eight years, the entry fee for the general public has been 30 pesos per person. Given the growing costs of our conservation project and the diminishing value of our currency, we feel it is necessary to raise this fee to 40 pesos. The reduced rate of 20 pesos for students, teachers and groups will remain the same as will the yearly membership price of 600 pesos (which allows the cardholder and 2 guests entry year round as well as discounts for the cardholder). The new entrance fee will come into effect December 1, 2009. We thank you for your understanding.
Sunday, November 1st and Monday, November 2nd
Advances in the Program of Rescuing Endangered Cacti
The micropropagation of cacti to conserve them has recently received much attention, since this will relieve pressure on the populations in their natural habits. With this program, gifted by an grant from the British Cactus and Succulent Society, El Charco del Ingenio will have between 800 and 1000 plants of Geohintonia mexicana by the end of 2009 to conserve and exchange with other scientific institutions as well as for sale at the Garden.
El Charco del Ingenio collaborates on a book on biodiversity in Guanajuato
On October 1st, 2009 an agreement was signed between CONABIO (Nacional Comisión on Biodiversity) and the Government of Guanajuato to work out a strategy to conserve the biodiversity in the State, in which government officials participated as well as outstanding researchers such as Dr. Jerzi Rezdowski, one of the most important botanical authorities in Mexico. One of the initial activities will be the publication of a preliminary diagnostic coordinated by Dr. Rosario Terrones in which the Botanical Garden will be used as a “case study” given the variety and high risk category of wildlife in El Charco (in the Reserve there are 29 species categorized as endangered or under special protection : 5 flora, 9 birds, 4 mammals and 11 reptiles and amphibians).
We believe this invitation is not only a recognition of our conservation work but also of the studies and inventories done by our collaborators, especially Walter L. Meagher (flora), Wayne and Susan Colony (birds, butterflies, dragonflies, geology), Roberto Aviña (mammals) and Raul Hernandez (reptiles, amphibians). We thank Britta Jankay and biologist Flor A. Rodríguez for their assistance in organizing the text for this publication.
GARDEN LECTURE SERIES
Our guest speaker this month has been involved with weaving since the age of seven. A native of Yalalag, Villa Hidalgo in the State of Oaxaca, Remigio emigrated to the capital of Oaxaca with his family when he was four years old. His mother wove on a backstrap loom and used a sewing machine, while his father made shirts and muslin trousers. In 1978 he opened a high quality textile shop while attending junior high school, and beginning to create woodcarvings and in 1996, Remigio earned a degree in accounting.
But his passion remained weaving and Remigio sought out only the most beautiful, unique textiles to sell in his shop, and began to build a clientele interested in purchasing exquisite handcrafted pieces made with only the finest materials, including those made with natural dyes. He began to dye yarn and provide them to weavers, and in this way a new era for Oaxaca textiles began.
Remigio is a master who enjoys teaching customers about the qualities and intricacies of each textile. In 2006, Remigio opened a shop in San Miguel on Recreo called “Juana Cata”. Textiles from Juana Cata have been featured in books, magazines and TV documentaries internationally and are treasured acquisitions of museums and collectors from around the world.
In this presentation Remigio will show us and explain about the plants and animals used in making natural dyes for Mexican textiles and the meaning of the motifs in the designs. There will also be 2 weavers from Buena Vista Tepamtepec who will demonstrate the ancient technique of backstrap weaving. The talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation.
Please reserve a space at email@example.com. Members of El Charco pay 70pesos, non-members 100pesos.
Starting November 30 ...
During the month of November, superb examples of botanical illustration by local artists may be seen at Terra, Hospicio #37. Information about the botanical illustration classes being offered at El Charco del Ingenio by instructors from the Denver Botanic Garden will also be available. The first set of classes are from November 30-December 4.
The morning class during this week will be an introductory one entitled “Botanical Illustration in Graphite”, which is important to take for anyone interested in furthering their skills for future classes and receiving credit towards a certificate in Botanical Illustration. It begins with a brief history and overview of the specific elements of illustration and you will learn the techniques for realistic drawing in graphite pencil. You will emerge from this class with the skills you need to draw anything. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as accomplished artists. In the afternoon students may take “Gaining Perspective” in which you will learn to create the illusion of 3-D depth on a 2-D surface as well as techniques for seeing and depicting perspective accurately. This class is also open to all.
The next set of classes in this series being offered by Denver will be February 27 – March 5. For more information and to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete list of classes coming in 2010, please see our October newsletter.
El Charco and Audubon Society of Mexico Form Strategic Alliance
In addition, both organizations’ goals include raising public awareness of their missions and activities, mobilizing local communities to action when appropriate, and raising the money necessary to carry out their missions.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10a.m.-12:30p.m.
Zinnia & Tagetes by Walter L. Meagher
Form and color are the two aspects of beauty most readily recognized in wildflowers. A walk in El Charco amongst a stand of wildflowers in full color frees the mind from its usual preoccupation with utility and possession.
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The Gift Shop and Café
This month we are featuring our widely varied lines of jewelry including those made of seeds, beads, stones and natural objects. We are constantly adding new products so be sure to have a look around on each visit. Later in November we will have an artistic calendar for 2010 with paintings by Sabrina Gaydos. Think about El Charco’s gift shop when considering a gift for friends and family – including a membership! And there are new tasty additions in the Café as well – stop by and be surprised.
Monthly package (8 classes) 680 pesos
Enjoy a wonderful yoga experience in a perfect setting. Those who are familiar with this ecological site know that the experience starts at the entrance, its beauty immediately filling our senses. The harmony, silence, peace, clean air, plants and animals make this place a fountain of inspiration in which to practice yoga in San Miguel. El Charco del Ingenio offers a perfect mix that invites our senses to open up to the natural beauty around us and within us.
Ximena Velasco has practised yoga for 11 years and for the last 10 years has shared her passion for this philosphy-discipline through her classes. She has studied in various countries such as France; Italy, India, Nepal, Australia, Mexico and the US among others. She has explored various yoga techniques such as Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, y Vinyasa. Her passion to understand the human body has led her to investigate other techniques of movement, meditation and alternative medicine to bring the necessary tools that her students need. Ximena teaches in several places in San Miguel.
Yoga, as other ancient philosophy-disciplines in the world, is inspired by nature, learning to observe, hear, feel and imitate. This work allows us to observe, hear and feel ourselves, connecting us to our inner nature. If you are a lover of nature and yoga, this is a worthwhile experience whether you are a resident or visitor.
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.
A Day in the Life (a Thursday in October in El Charco)…
Early in the morning we had a group of 30 children from PEASMA (San Miguel’s Environmental Education Program) led by their guides and promotors. A little later, 60 children with their mom or dad from a local kindergarten arrived, 11 people from the Peace Corps, 35 students from the Science Faculty from UNAM and about 20 random visitors. The visit areas of El Charco were packed with people and it was such a great thing to see so many people around, strolling, enjoying, learning, discovering…
One of our members recommends El Charco
“If you are planning a daytime event, consider holding it at the Charco del Ingenio, the Botanical Garden. There are outdoor and indoor meeting spaces, and a restaurant serving fresh and delicious food in an incomparable setting. I held an event for more than 30 people, and we found that the Charco had round tables with linen and arrangements of wild flowers on each table. The food was beautifully presented by a wait staff that couldn’t do enough to please us. If you would like to make your next gathering extra-ordinary, there is no place like the Charco del Ingenio.” Miranda Nadel
You can make your arrangements with Mario Hernandez, the Director, at email@example.com.
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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.”