Schools and Parque Juárez benefit from Garden Club awards

By Jean Yeager

Two not-for-profit organizations, The San Miguel de Allende Environmental Program (PEASMA) and Amigos del Parque, were chosen by the San Miguel Garden Club as recipients of its 2012 Award Grants. Each year the Garden Club awards a minimum of one-half of its profits from fundraising activities to worthwhile groups for specific projects.

In 2011 the Garden Club supported a group of 14 “Nature Friendly Schools” with an award for the first round of recycling bins. The Nature Friendly Schools define a Work Plan, which becomes a working document in which students, teachers and parents commit to specific environmental actions such as trash separation, composting, caring for a mini-nursery, a permanent campaign to reuse and reduce paper use, as well as the commitment to spread a culture of environmental stewardship. This year, with the help of the San Miguel Garden Club, PEASMA hopes to add 12 more schools to those already in the program.

The bins purchased with the aid of the Garden Club are placed in the classrooms where students dispose of their trash both from school and home into paper, plastic and glass, and rubbish containers. This division of trash keeps much recyclable material from going into landfills and permits the school to sell the recyclables. The money earned supports various school activities. In addition, the recycling efforts have cut the amount of rubbish that goes into the landfill by three-fourths.0

The award by the Garden Club to Amigos del Parque will be used as part of a comprehensive and dedicated effort by “Amigos” to revitalize the existing Parque Juárez, beginning with the children’s play area. They will begin by improving and replacing the existing children’s playground, removing the dilapidated and dangerous play equipment, improving the surface of the play area, and installing new, safe and well-built equipment in areas aimed at different age groups. There will also be additional lighting and improved bathrooms for this area.

At this time another of the Garden Club’s projects is being completed, that of installing signs for the many forms of plant life found at the Charco de Ingenio. These durable signs will replace and add to the old signs and have the name of each plant in Spanish as well as its Latin name.

Another community service is the Garden Club Tree Project, which plants trees in public spaces around the community, asking only for a commitment by the recipient area to maintain the trees, especially by watering during the dry season.

For more information about these projects or about the San Miguel Garden Club, please contact President Faye Guidry at

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