Newsletter December 2023


THANKS CHARCO: A PARTY TO ACQUIRE OR RENEW MEMBERSHIPS

A great way to support nature…

Jueves 7 de diciembre, de 4 a 6 de la tarde.
Posada Corazón, Aldama 9, Centro Histórico.

Thanks Charco is the annual meeting to support El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden, an environmental organization of growing importance in San Miguel and our region. By renewing or acquiring a membership, we contribute to the conservation, education and science programs carried out by the Botanical Garden, including interaction with local and northern Guanajuato communities.

From December 8 annual membership will cost 1,000 pesos. But we are offering a unique promotion of 900 pesos from November 7 ending December 7, when we will gather in the magnificent Posada Corazon, located at Aldama 9, Centro, from 4 to 6 in the afternoon.

Membership can be purchased or renewed at the Botanical Garden, or during this annual membership party.

Benefits:

  • Free access for the owner 365 days a year during established hours.
  • Discounts on special events.
  • Guests: the holder may access with two companions.
  • . Contribution to a unique project that protects the biocultural heritage of Mexico
Payments:

In cash or by bank transfer.                           

Once your payment has been made, please send your information to elcharcontabilidad@gmail.com to generate your membership card. 

National Banks Transfer

Name EL CHARCO DEL INGENIO AC

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DAVID TARRANT: CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF SERVICE TO EL CHARCO DEL INGENIO

17 years ago this renowned Natural History tour leader in Canada visited San Miguel de Allende and fell in love with the town. Upon returning to work in British Columbia, he handed in his retirement notice and moved to live in our city. Almost immediately, David began volunteering his time and expertise at El Charco, where he has led natural history tours for over 15 years. Born and raised in England, David spent 37 years in Vancouver, working as a horticulturist for the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden. Many Canadian visitors still remember David from his CBC television series, “Canadian Gardener.” He has also published four books and countless articles on gardening.

David's passion leads him to highlight the varied ways of life that emerge in El Charco, with his always cheerful and friendly attitude. As a natural storyteller who has visited and led tours of botanical gardens around the world, he makes visitors feel welcome and excited about El Charco. By showcasing the botanical profusion of the site, it raises awareness of the delicate semi-desert ecosystem of El Charco and the surrounding region.

David is also aware of the importance of natural history tours as a means of raising resources to maintain the Botanical Garden, in order to provide environmental education to visiting school groups.

We recommend joining the Natural History tours led by David Tarrant, in English, on Tuesday or Thursday mornings, or if you would like a special private tour, send a note to request it. And Spanish tours are always available with one of our resident experts, via El Charco email.

And for English-speaking residents of San Miguel interested in information about volunteering to lead Natural History tours, contact Andrew at

tierraazul.co@gmail.com


NEW LONELY PLANET GUIDE TO GARDENS OF THE WORLD DEDICATES PAGES TO EL CHARCO DEL INGENIO

A few days ago, the global distribution of a new publication from this famous alternate tourist guide publisher began, called The Joy of Exploring Gardens (El gozo de explorar jardines) , including 50 outstanding gardens in the five continents of the world. All types of gardens: botanical, scenic, sculptural, educational, meditative, ornamental, all of them with the most varied characteristics.

It was a pleasant surprise to discover that El Charco del Ingenio was included in the American continent section of the guide, exhibiting photographs of our plant collections. We thank Kate Armstrong, a great Australian friend of the Botanical Garden and regular contributor to Lonely Planet, for the simple and pleasant description she gave of El Charco in this book.

It should be noted that the new Lonely Planet guide for Mexico 2023, in its San Miguel de Allende section, also includes a good description of El Charco del Ingenio as a local conservation project and community center.


Viridantha minuscula: A NEW PLANT DISCOVERED IN EL CHARCO DEL INGENIO, A SPECIES OF BROMELIAD WITH NO PREVIOUS RECORD.

Last October, a specimen of this new species from the Bromeliaceae family was presented to the members of the Botanical Garden, during a special reception in the historic center of San Miguel de Allende. The members were able to observe, appreciate and learn from El Charco directors and curators the characteristics of this plant and the details surrounding its discovery and botanical identification.

The discovery of new plant species is not common nowadays, especially in populated territories studied by botanists for centuries, such as the region of San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato. For this reason, the discovery of a new plant species, already confirmed by specialized scientific institutions, is very relevant news. This plant was sighted on the cliffs of El Charco del Ingenio by José Viccon, official biologist from the Botanical Garden, for several years. Resembling two species of the Bromeliad family, of the Tillandsia genus (locally known as paxtle, gallitos, heno), it turned out to be a new species of the Viridanthagenus, according to studies carried out by experts over several years and recently published in the journal International Phytotaxa.


PABLO MORETO, in memoriam

An enormous gap has been left by the departure of this extraordinary man, who arrived in the 60s of the last century from his Venetian soil, in Italy, and found his new country in Mexico and his home in San Miguel. Paolo Mario Moretto Piovensan preferred to be called simply Pablo Moreto. And as such, he dedicated his entire life to serving the community, especially the people most in need, in matters of health, culture and improving their living conditions. His activity in the Sierra Gorda of Guanajuato was outstanding, where he sowed lasting affections and fought for the vindication of the native cultures, which he studied with determination and love.

Pablo Moreto also left his mark on the path of the nascent Botanical Garden of San Miguel de Allende, when it passed from being just a dream to take its first steps in the rescue of El Charco del Ingenio canyon. He brought the name, at the end of the 80s, to the first civil association responsible for the new conservation project, Cante, which in the Jonaz Chichimeca language refers to water, “water that gives life”, from an existing marsh in Cieneguilla, municipality of Victoria, Guanajuato, where Pablo then supported the creation of a community nursery.

We could say so many deeds of this outstanding man…Today Pablo Moreto is gone, but he always remains in our memory. And we accompany his loving wife and life partner, Lucha Zavala, in this great absence that many sanmiguelenses feel...


CONGRATULATIONS! AGRONOMY ENGINEER IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN

We celebrate the achievement of our Garden’s colleague María de la Luz Mejía Carreón, who in recent days defended her professional thesis to obtain the title of Engineer in Agronomy from the Tecnologico Nacional de Mexico-Roque.

Lucy is part of the species propagation team listed in NOM-059 and an enthusiastic workshop leader and visitor guide in El Charco.

We extend this congratulations to Mario Hernández who was Co-Director of the Curatorial Committee during the preparation of her research work.


ONLY ONE ENGRAVING LEFT!

The graphic artist and and member of El Charco board, Rocio Rios, has created a special 9-ink engraving illustrating Viridantha minuscula, the new species recently described for science in the Botanical Garden. Only 8 copies were printed, most of them acquired by El Charco members during the last fundraising event last October.

This is a good opportunity to support the Botanical Garden by acquiring this remaining unique and beautiful graphic work. Only one print is available! If you are interested and want more information, please write to charcodelingenio@gmail.com

EL CHARCO DEL INGENIO, A STRENGTHENED CITIZEN PROJECT

Soon it will be 32 years of this beloved citizen, self-managed, Mexican and independent project, which has received multiple certifications, recognitions and above all has been consolidated and strengthened over the years. 

We invite you to enjoy this video and share it with your friends.


NEW PUBLICATIONS!

ASK FOR THESE BOOKS ON YOUR NEXT VISIT TO THE BOTANICAL GARDEN


EL CHARCO DEL INGENIO: MEMBER OF BOTANIC GARDEN CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL (BGCI) BOTANIC GARDEN CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL (BGCI)

Since 2005, El Charco del Ingenio has been part of Botanical Garden Conservation International , the largest network of botanical gardens and plant conservation experts in the world. Based in London,England, this organization brings together a large number of botanical gardens in more than 100 countries. Its mission is to link members to create global participatory strategies in order to ensure plant diversity, for the well-being of people and the planet.

In a country like Mexico, whose geography comprises an enormous biotic wealth, botanical gardens play a fundamental role in the knowledge and conservation of biocultural heritage.


NATURAL HISTORY TOURS IN ENGLISH

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am

Ticket: 150 pesos per person / 100 pesos members


CHARCO BIRDWALKS


ART AND SCIENCE IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
NEW SET OF 12 POSTCARDS: BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF EL CHARCO

Graphic work of four creative women from San Miguel de Allende:

Marijose Marín, Marisol Guerrero, Paquina Langenscheidt and Rocío Ríos

Available in our gift shop: 300 pesos

NEW IZCUINAPAN REGIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY HALL IN THE HISTORICAL MUSEUM. MIGUEL MALO ZOZAYA COLLECTION

The Botanical Garden shares and celebrates with the association Amigos del Museo this new exhibition space of the archaeological heritage of San Miguel de Allende, which was inaugurated last October in the "Casa de Allende Museum". The Sala Izcuinapan already exhibits the valuable archaeological collection gathered by Miguel Malo Zozaya, who for years studied and disseminated regional pre-Hispanic history, especially that which flourished during a period of a thousand years in the middle section of the Laja River.

After 50 years in which most of this collection left San Miguel de Allende, this extraordinary collection has returned to be safeguarded, studied, restored and exhibited permanently in the Museum.

This great effort towards recovering such important heritage derives from the confluence of diverse participants: historians, archaeologists, restorers, museographers, photographers,

designers, draftsmen, activists ..., a vast collective work with the support of INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) and local donors.