Jardin Etnobotanico Francisco Peláez R. A.C

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Mexico - Puebla - San Andres Cholula

Institution Code: PFPR

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

About the Jardin Etnobotanico Francisco Peláez R. A.C

The Ethnobotanic Garden (Jardín Etnobotánico) Francisco Peláez R., A.C. of San Andrés Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, was founded in 1999. It is an independent non-profit organization, constituted legally as an Asociación Civil (a non-profit Civil Association).
The aim of the Garden is the conservation of the biodiversity of the region. We do this through cultivation, education, research, and the promotion of an ecologically sustainable life.
It employs 26 people, full-time and part-time.
We receive visits from educational institutions of every level from pre-school to university and offer them guided tours and a wide program of workshops, according to the needs of the group. We are open to the public and at weekends we offer workshops on a wide range of topics. We also conduct training programs on a number of different themes. The emphasis in the educational program is not just to transmit knowledge: we want to infuse visitors with a love for plants and a commitment to preserving the diversity of life that surrounds us.
The Garden has a program of research, collecting, identifying and preserving the plants of the region and investigating their properties and traditional uses. We also conduct research on the fauna of the region and we are in the process of developing the Museum of Regional Biodiversity. The Garden contains an urban sanctuary and observatory for birds, a seed bank of regional plants, the regional collection of insects, a community compost and a community center for recycling waste. We also support schools and other institutions in the creation of their own gardens and in the promotion of conditions of sustainable development.
We have a program of diffusion of our activities and our projects. We are very active in the social media, participate regularly in local television and radio programs and contribute to the local newspapers with articles and notes. We collaborate in various ways with a number of universities (the Universidad de las Américas, the Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, the Universidad Iberoamericana and others): important in this context are the collaboration agreements under which students perform their social service working on different projects in the Garden: in the current year we have already had 38 such students. Together with the Universidad de las Américas, we have published a series of local guides to wild medicinal plants, birds, butterflies, beetles, reptiles and amphibians. We have also co-edited a book on the biodiversity of the state of Puebla.
The Garden is a member of the Mexican Association of Botanic Gardens (Asociación Mexicana de Jardines Botánicos) and of Botanic Garden Conservation International. It has been recognized by the Federal Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT)) as a Center of Environmental and Cultural Education at the highest level (Level III), and in June 2015 it obtained a Distinction in the National Prize for Ecological Merit.

Main Address:
Jardin Etnobotanico Francisco Peláez R. A.C
2 sur No.1700
San Andres Cholula
Puebla 72810 Mexico

Telephone: (52 222) 2610350
URL: www.jardinetnobotanico.org
Primary Email: jardinetnobotanico@gmail.com

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Eloina Pelaez Valdez
    Curator's Name: Miriam Morales
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Eloina Pelaez Valdez
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number: 3
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
  • Date founded: 1993
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Latitude: 19.0456
    Longitude: -98.3091
    Annual Rainfall: 961 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Jardin Etnobotanico "Francisco Pelaez R."
  • Local Address: 2 sur No. 1700
  • Locality: City: San Andres Cholula
  • Locality: State: Puebla

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Volunteers: 25

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:o perfume garden. The parfume garden is composed of different plants all of which have been used in perfumery either for their fragrances or for their fixative properties.

    o white garden. This garden is an example of the monochromatic effect that can be accomplished using different herbs and flowers.

    o flower garden. All of the plants which make up this garden have flowers which preserve their forms and colors when dried and pressed, and thus can be used in the making of hand-made paper.

    o lavender garden. This collection is a small sample of the variety of world lavenders. It hosts the English, the French, the Spanish and the Portuguese lavenders.

    o culinary garden. In the Culinary Garden, a collection of herbs used in the world cuisines can be found.

    o color garden. The plants from the color garden can be used to color or dye textiles for their tinctorial properties.

    o contemplative garden. In medieval monasteries gardens a simple green space provided a place to meditate and be with oneself. Drawing from this custom, in the Garden a chamomille contemplative garden was created.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Guided Tours: Yes