Ajijic, Mexico–Garden Club

Last month I joined the Lake Chapala Garden Club.  This is a really cool organization.  For only $100 MXN pesos a year (or about $6 USD), I get to tour a beautiful new property every month.  Afterwards, we meet at La Nueva Posada to have lunch and learn about gardening.  The drinks (though not all) are two-for-one and the pear salad is especially good.

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Last month, I was thrilled to win a wind sock from a lucky raffle ticket.  I ran home (after my two sangrías) trailing it behind me like a kite.  This month was even better!  The topic was topiary and I charged into the live auction and won an adorable little bear that was sculpted on site by the presenter.  I named him “Chewy.”  Not only is he shaped like a gummy bear, but Chewy is a pretty popular name down here so it seemed to fit.

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I also made two new friends named Judy and Myrna, and lucky for me, Myrna offered to drive me and “Chewy” home.  He’s planted in a nice clay pot which was a little too heavy to carry a couple of miles.  It was a wonderful day!  Thank you Lake Chapala Garden Club and my new friend Myrna.  Hard to beat.

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Below are a couple of the locations I’ve gotten to visit this year.  As you can see, the properties are pretty impressive.  Every month I look forward to seeing a new property and learning about flowers and plants.  It’s definitely one of the best clubs I’ve ever joined!

1) This property is only a few blocks away and Ryan and I walk past it all the time.  I was thrilled to get to go inside and see what was hiding behind the gates.  It was gorgeous!

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2) This property was almost downtown and you never would have known how big it was from the outside.

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3) So, we don’t generally get to do inside the homes, but on this occasion we did.  This is my DREAM house.  (You can tell I was a little more interested in the house than the gardens…)

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4) This one had all kinds of fun stuff to find!  It had a wonderful homey feeling and the people who owned it were especially nice.

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5) By a lucky coincidence I’d already gotten to see this property.  Judy invited me to stop by after one of our Garden Club meetings while she was house-sitting.  It was even more beautiful the second time!

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