Newsletter November 2023


THANK YOU CHARCO: PARTY TO ACQUIRE OR RENEW MEMBERSHIP

Thank you Charco, a magnificent way to support nature.

Thursday, December 7th, from 4 to 6 pm.
Aldama 9, Historical Center.

Gracias Charco is the annual event where you can support the El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden, an environmental organization of growing importance in our region. By renewing or acquiring a membership, you contribute to the conservation, education and science programs carried out by the Botanical Garden with local communities and the northern and northeastern areas of the state of Guanajuato.

Starting December 8, membership will cost 1,000 pesos.

We will have a promotion that starts on November 7 and ends with a gathering on December 7, in the beautiful house located at Aldama 9, Centro, from 4pm to 6pm in the afternoon.

During this period, the cost of annual membership is reduced to 900 pesos, and can be purchased or renewed at the Botanical Garden or during the Membership Festival, on December 7.

Benefits:

  • Free access For the owner 365 days a year during the established hours.
  • Discounts At special events.
  • Guests: The holder may enter with two companions.
  • Contribution To a unique project that protects the biocultural heritage of Mexico.

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

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THE BOTANICAL GARDENS OF MEXICO MET LAST OCTOBER IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

36th National Meeting of the Mexican Association of Botanical Gardens

This relevant organization celebrates forty years since holding its first meeting.

It is a scientific association that integrates the botanical gardens of Mexico to promote the study, conservation and sustainable use of national biodiversity. El Charco del Ingenio hosted the 2023 annual meeting.

The general program was made up of 54 presentations, 34 scientific posters, 5 workshops and 2 conferences by representatives of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) as well as guided tours and bird watching.

We had the assistance of 130 people, representatives of 37 Botanical Gardens of Mexico and 16 Ethnobiological Gardens, as well as 2 Botanical Gardens from the United States.

For El Charco del Ingenio it was a great pleasure to welcome the botanical gardens community whose fraternal spirit remains strong and renewed.


IN NOVEMBER: DAY OF THE DEAD OFFERING

From November 2 to 4

As every year, the Botanical Garden prepares and displays its offering for the dead, usually dedicated to loved ones close to our community project, who are no longer with us.

We thus reiterate our enthusiasm and respect for this deep-rooted Mexican tradition, which confronts us with the Great Mystery and brings us closer to dear people that we miss and that we carry in our hearts.


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.


ONLY ONE ENGRAVING LEFT!

The artist and board member, Rocío Ríos has created a special 9-ink engraving illustrating Viridantha minuscula, a new species recently discovered for science in the Botanical Garden.

Only 8 prints were made that were purchased by our members in the last fundraising event.

This is the last opportunity to support the Botanical Garden by acquiring a 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.