Night of the Radishes
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Noche de rábanos
The Night of the Radishes (Spanish: Noche de rábanos) is celebrated every year on December 23 and it began in 1897 in the “zócalo” (main plaza) of Oaxaca city. Although it lasts only a few hours, it attracts thousands of people to this plaza each year.

The event consists of an exhibition of sculptures made from a type of large red radish which can weigh up to 3.00 kilograms (6.6 lb) and attain lengths up to 50 centimetres (20 in).[1] These radishes are especially grown for this event, left in the ground for months after the normal harvests to let them attain their giant size and unusual shapes.

The sculptures are made by professional craftsmen and aficionados, who are mostly radish growers. Themes include complete nativity scenes, party scenes with dozens of figures, Baile Folklorico, models of real buildings built with much detail, and saints.[1] The sculpted scenes include other materials such as dried flowers and corn husks but what makes a sculpture stand out is the creative cutting of the radish itself for effect, such as carefully peeling the red skin back and perforating it to create a lace skirt. A contest is held with the first-prize winner getting their picture in the newspaper.[1]


Hi Garden Club members. Happy new year and I hope you can make it to the first garden club meeting for 2013, which will take place, Wednesday, January. 2nd, 11am to 1pm

We will be visiting two 2 gardens sites in Teotitlan de Valle. The two locations also have dogs — and it would be best for those who might like to bring their dog companions to these visits –plan to have them stay in a vehicle during our visits to the gardens.

Our first visit will be to the organic garden of Minerva Gonzalez and her husband Ismauel Martinez. Minerva and Ismauel grow organically and she sells the produce at the mercado in Teotitlan. They grow a large variety of produce and we will learn how they tend their plants, fertilize the land with different strategies including using compost, some of which is provided by their worms. She also raises chickens which produce eggs that she also sells at the mercado.

We will meet at their garden at Matamoros #11. The street side of the building is a family grocery store and you can enter into the garden area further back from the street through the store.

When you open the link to see the map of Teotitlan there is a marker at Ave. Juarez, which is one of the main intersections for the center of town–2 blocks (towards the hills) heading north of this marker turn left (east) onto Matamoros and Matamoros #11 is located on the left (south) side & in the middle of the street.

The second garden is located at the home of Ani Burns, a long time resident of Teotitlan. Her small (truck) garden is located next to her small casista. Ani lives very simply yet her home is very warm and inviting –and some of the features of the home include an outside solar heated shower which also has a backup of an on-demand heating system, and a composting toilet. Her home site has a wonderful view of the pueblo and she will explain how she deals with insects and issues related to living on the edge of the campo.

The directions of where she lives will be given out during the visit to the 1st garden. It is strongly advised that people car pool to her location, take a moto taxi, or walk the 4 or 5 blocks. She lives on the east side of town at the base of the mountain. Parking is limited on her property and also on the street. Preference parking on her property will be given to those of us who might have limited walking ability. If parking on the street in front of her home, there is a slight grade to walk up the driveway to her home. Comfortable walking shoes are advised.
You are welcome to contact me with any questions– or 951.148.3215.

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Aome St. Laurence

Pres. of the Garden Club of Oaxaca

Certified Permaculture Consultant, Designer, Educator–currently living in Oaxaca, Mexico

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James “Jim” Wyly (15 Nov 37) was born in Kansas City, Missouri. As a child, even at the ages of 2 and 3 he could draw recognizable people and buildings. He was encouraged by his great uncle, a professional painter, but his parents’ priority was music, especially the keyboard, as they had a piano in their home. By the age of 5 Jim was able to play classical music. He always had teachers for music theory and composition.

At the age of 17 Jim enrolled in Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he received his BA in English literature. He attended graduate school at the Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri where he received his Doctorate in Music. His dissertation, on 18th century Spanish organ construction, was written in Madrid, Spain with the aid of a Fulbright grant, and was finished in 1964. Jim worked for 4 years at Elmhurst College, in Illinois, and 8 years at Grinnell College, in Iowa, as a Professor of Music.

In the 1970’s Jim became interested in the psychology of Carl Jung. Life in rural Iowa was beginning to feel rather limiting so in 1976 Jim and his wife, Mary moved to Chicago where he went back to school and received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1981, after which he got a certificate in Jungian Psycho-Analysis. In Chicago he set up a private practice which he maintained until 2003 when he and Mary retired and moved to Oaxaca.

In Chicago Jim’s wife, also a musician, worked as the Associate Librarian at the Newberry Library of Chicago. Mary has been very supportive of Jim’s art.

When they first moved to Oaxaca they rented a 300-year old home owned by the Rodolfo Morales Foundation. They loved the house but found that it didn’t suit all their needs so, with the help of Oaxacan friends, they were lucky enough to find property in the Centro Histórico; and with their architect friend, Guillermo de la Cajiga, uMG_1691they designed and over the next two years built and finished (2008) their dream home, where they currently live. Here, Jim has all the space he needs to play his music and paint as well as does Mary, with her great kitchen and well stocked library. In Jim and Mary’s spacious and modern front room they have Jim’s clavichord and harpsichord and Mary’s piano.

With the move to Oaxaca Jim was at last able to return to his childhood passion and paint full time. Jim studied painting in Chicago with the artist and restorer Helen Oh, who taught him historical techniques from the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition to her, among artists whose styles influenced Jim’s are 17th century masters such as Rembrandt, Velázquez, Caravaggio, and Vermeer, as well as twentieth century painters, such as Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, Balthus, Paul Delvaux and many others. Jim describes his art as “somewhere on the line between surrealism and realism.”

Jim has had four art exhibitions in Oaxaca, the most recent (2010) at Casa Oaxaca by Galería Quetzalli.

For more information on James Wyly as well as viewing his gallery site, visit Jim’s website at You may contact Jim at

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