The Garden Club’s Garden Show
By Ann Mauzé
Come smell the roses and lilacs, along with flowers of every other variety at La Fiesta de la Primavera, the Garden Club of San Miguel de Allende’s bi-annual juried flower show. It will be held at the Antiguo Palacio Municipal, the former City Hall.
La Fiesta de la Primavera, by the Garden Club, Sat, Mar 31 & Sun, Apr 1, 10am-4pm, Antiguo Palacio Municipal, (former city hall), In front of the Jardín, Free
Everyone is invited at no charge to view many blooming floral displays in the beautifully restored historic building, located across from the Jardin facing the Parroquia.
“The Garden Club appreciates the Municipal Government allowing us to rent the space for this extravaganza, which is our gift to the community,” commented Suzanne Mir, chairperson of the event. “This year the Flower Show has an expanded schedule and will be open to the public for two days with the view that people will have more time and space to view the exhibits, take photographs and talk with members about the exhibits.”
Arrangements relating to Mexican fiestas based on nature, religion, and mythology will be designed and created by members and friends of the Garden Club. Each entry will have a title and a reference to a spring theme. The earliest known fiesta de la primavera was held by the Mayans, who annually honored the gods of rain, water, winds, prosperity and fertility to ensure a bountiful harvest in the fall. Other displays may be inspired by pre-Lenten parades, Easter, Passover, and Eastern philosophies. With San Miguel’s Catholic heritage and present day community diversity, the Flower Show promises to have something for everyone.
The Garden Club of San Miguel de Allende, AC, was founded in 1968. Since then it has expanded its initial horticulture educational mission to include projects of civic interest that benefit the town of San Miguel and its surrounding areas. These include planting shade trees in deprived areas, plant maintenance at the Biblioteca, providing financial support to PEASMA for environmental education to elementary students, and offering a series of certification courses to further the training of both professional and amateur gardeners in the area. A long-time partnership with El Charco de Ingenio has resulted in construction of greenhouses, signage identifying plants, and activities dedicated to the greening of our watershed. Funds for all of these projects are derived from individual contributions and the sale of the organization’s annual calendars.