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Benefit Party Raising Money to Save Guadiana Park’s Trees


By Signe Hammer

After five years of restoration, Guadiana Park is now one of the most beautiful parks in San Miguel de Allende. Everyone—whether sitting, strolling, playing, or walking their dogs—loves the park’s trees for their beauty and their shade. But many of those trees are infested with la plaga—ball moss and mistletoe. If not removed, these infestations will kill them.

To save the trees and honor the late Bud Phillips, a founding member of the Friends of Guadiana Park Steering Committee and a key figure in the park’s restoration project, Friends of Guadiana Park is holding its first annual spring fundraiser on Wednesday, April 3, in the Guadiana home of San Miguel resident Lesley Lustgarten.

Phillips helped plan the restoration of the then-largely derelict park and was instrumental in restoring its plants. Known for his easygoing ways and sense of humor, he spent every Saturday morning in the park, weeding, transplanting, and watering, keeping up the work until his health failed. His greatest wish was to see the park thrive.

Come to this fundraiser, where you can support the park as you meet and greet friends and neighbors and enjoy tacos, white wine, beer, and soft drinks to the mellow gypsy-guitar music of Javier Estrada. A silent auction will feature jewelry by Bill Harris, an Amigos de la Presa kayaking trip for up to eight adults, a cooking class for two with Chef Gaby Green, an exclusive travel consultation with Rex Fritschi, and—perfect for a teenage grandchild—a one-of-a-kind skateboard from Eric Lustgarten of San Miguel Skateboards.

So far this year, the Friends of Guadiana Park has had the 150-year-old mesquite trees in the garden thoroughly cleaned and trimmed just in time for them to leaf out and bud into their spring finery. You can practically see them breathe in relief. But there are many more trees in the park that need attention, including spraying for spider mites that are killing our beautiful red cedars and Italian cypresses. Tree specialist Rob Johnston and his crews are doing a great job, but skilled work doesn’t come cheap.

So come help us celebrate Bud and save our gorgeous trees! A limited number of tickets are on sale in Guadiana Park on Saturdays, 10am–noon. You can also contact Beverly Van Zandt or Donna Phillips at or to donate or buy tickets.


Benefit Party

Friends of Guadiana Park Fundraiser

Wed, Apr 3, 6–8pm

Home of Lesley Lustgarten

Guadiana (address on tickets)

415 121 5758

400 pesos


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