El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

El Charco del Ingenio, MexicoI’m back home after a whirlwind visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for my niece’s wedding and my bags are still unpacked, but my photos are fully loaded and ready to post.

First up, the jardin botanico called El Charco del Ingenio, on the outskirts of town.

Between the high-desert plants, the sienna-toned architecture and religious signs like this one, this garden is otherwordly, and utterly sublime.  The 220 acres include a world-famous cactus collection, indigenous plant preserve, the most imaginative children’s garden I’d ever seen, ceremonial spaces and ruins, too – real ones!  (Chanticleer, you wish!)

I visited this past Sunday, Mexican Independence Day, when the famous Jardin in the center of town was festive with parades and brass bands, but this jardin was a quiet refuge.  It came as no surprise to learn that the Dalai Lama sanctified this site as a Peace Zone.

El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

I came home with a bad case of Agave envy!

El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

Lots of Mexican wildflowers were familiar to me – they’re “annuals” back home.

El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

Some flowering plants I didn’t recognize.

El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

This botanic garden comes with a canyon.

El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

The Children’s Garden includes the stunning “Pollinators Garden” above and below.   Think this would work in Maryland?

El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

More cool features in the Children’s Garden.