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San Miguel Garden Club dishes the dirt!

By Linda Whynman

For over four years the Garden Club of San Miguel has been offering garden classes to Mexican gardeners led by local experts. An advanced class will complete its term of six classes in February. Many patrons and sponsors have supported the gardeners by sending them to classes for four years. Content has been varied depending upon the instructors and the gardeners’ needs. More often than not, topics have included composting, fertilizing and insect control.

Each of the six classes centers on what is appropriate garden work for the season—spring, summer, winter, and fall—such as planting, plant protection, pruning, etc. With instructors Sarai and Ivan Guzman, there is vigorous cross communication about many gardening concerns: the benefits of using onion, garlic and chilies to control pests versus the use of life threatening chemicals and the value of amending soils. The instructors share pages of gardening tips assembled from what is discussed in the class. These tips are always shared with the patrons and sponsors of the gardeners, as well.

Almost all the gardeners wish to create a better and more collaborative relationship with the people they work for. They have learned much in these classes and are willing and ready to share their knowledge about grass, the right kind of plants for the right exposure and much more. They also are ready to use organic methods or, when appropriate, chemicals for pest control.

In March, the Garden Club of San Miguel is starting another section for gardeners. The class is limited to 25 and will run one year, starting march 2014. The price for the class continues to be 1,000 pesos for the year, meets from 4–6 pm on a Thursday every two months. Upon completion, student gardeners receive a well-deserved certificate of completion and other incentives.

To make sure your gardener is enrolled in the 2014 Garden Club of San Miguel Gardeners’ class, please contact Linda Whynman at

For all who plan to send their gardeners to these classes, you will feel proud watching them grow in their learning. It is a unique cultural experience to see these gardeners take ownership of their careers and education with pride and passion! Please read an accolade about the class below:

“Just had to drop you a note: when I signed up. Odelon, my gardener, for next year’s classes, I had not talked with him. Later when we talked he was ‘bubbling’ about the class yesterday and about the upcoming class next year; he really gets excited about these classes. He is a good man and is stimulated to learn more about how to better himself and his family, and it makes me want to help him that much more. The Garden Club should be really proud of this program; it really addresses a void. I am proud for y’all. — Doug”


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