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Mexican Journal: Day 3 – Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary

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Mexican Journal: Day 3 – Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary

After spending a couple of hours at the butterfly site, we head back, each of us having been touched by the wonder and spirituality of this experience. While we will always cherish this experience, our thoughts and prayers today were also with the local people of nearby villages who have been devastated by the recent floods and mudslide. These local folks depend on this ecotourism for their livelihood, which provides...

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Mexican Journal: Day 2 – Tlalpujahua

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Mexican Journal: Day 2 – Tlalpujahua

So, on Day 2 instead of visiting the Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary we detoured to Tlalpujahua on the outskirts of the sanctuary in the Tansvolcanic Mountains of Central Mexico. The 2.5 hour drive from Morelia brought us to the quaint town of Tlalpujahua with narrow streets paved in cobblestones. On either side, the colorful buildings, large plazas and cathedrals are reminiscent of days bygone. Of horticultural interest were the strawberry farms...

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Mexican Journal: Day 1 - Morelia

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Mexican Journal: Day 1 - Morelia

Of course, a tour is not complete without visiting a place of botanical interest! So, in finding out that there was an Orchid Museum (Orquidario) within a short distance from our hotel, a few of us plant nerds ended up at the Orquidario. Though the display itself was not very significant, I am now in possession of a tissue-cultured Laelia autumnalis orchid to add to our collections. The advantage of...

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Holy Cacao! Making Chocolate with Your Child

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Holy Cacao! Making Chocolate with Your Child

Kids will taste chocolate that has no cream or sugar added usually referred to as baking chocolate. This is the first time you will see your child spit out chocolate!  From there, the experience will only get sweeter and kids will finally find out what it is they really love about chocolate: cream and sugar!  So come ready to make your own chocolate, drink some chocolate and learn about theobroma,...

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The Great Pumpkin Hunt: Seedlings Classes

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 The Great Pumpkin Hunt: Seedlings Classes

Don't miss this class next Tuesday at Denver Botanic Gardens. If you have a 3-, 4- or 5-year old, sign them up for an adventure out in the Gardens.  The adventure starts out learning about the pumpkin life cycle and the pumpkin plant family. 

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