New plaza in El Charco honoring Bob Haas
By César Arias
Last November 23 a new plaza in the Botanical Garden was opened, called Bob’s Spot (Divisadero ‘Bob Haas’) to honor and remember one of the historical drivers behind this conservation project, who passed away a few months ago. The new plaza is located in an exceptional point with magnificent views of the canyon that gives its name to the historic site. From this unique spot you have a 180-degree view of lush green vegetation, the ruins of the old textile watermill, the dam, the rocks and waterfalls that plunge to the spring of Charco, and the high vertical cliffs lining the canyon.
A simple and moving traditional ceremony inaugurated Bob’s Spot, with copal perfuming the site while flower petals were scattered and cucharilla sticks, were placed, the ritual plant of San Miguel. Those close to Bob were present: his wife Jennifer, his dearest friends, and representatives from Audubon and Garden Club, as well as board members and staff of the Botanic Garden.This overlook in Bob Haas’ memory is testimony to his friendship and collaboration with El Charco del Ingenio.
We remind you that the Bob Haas Nature Fund in behalf of El Charco is still open to donations. We thank those who have already donated Joy Emery, Shelley Cohee, Cynthia Simmons, Ali Zerriffi, Jim Ktichel, June and David Steven, Reeves Wilke, Ivana Vázquez Tejeida, Gael Naim Tejeida Baustista, Paulina Tejeida, Franco Raos Tejeida, Salvador Vázquez, Aldo García Tejeida, Leticia Tejeida, David Keith Sutton, William S. Curra, Gerry Gill, Cheryl King, Sally Richman and Ken Schultz, (director of the Phoenix, Arizona, Botanic Garden). All amounts are welcome and may be left at the eception area of El Charco, or at Posada Corazón on Aldama 9. If you are out of town, you can send a donation through a bank transfer. Write to Naomi for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.