American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017
The Agave Blues: Importance of Tequila in Mexican Culture
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Tue June, 20 - 9:30am to 10:00am
Webster C
M. S. Simon, Centro de Información y Comunicación Ambiental de Norte America A.C., Ciudad de Mééxico, México; S. Espinola de la Llave, Jose Cuervo Foundation, Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico

The Blue Agave (Maguey Azul, Agave tequilana) is an example of a very important plant in Mexico’s history, culture, and commerce. For over two hundred and fifty years, the national drink of Mexico has been produced in and near Tequila, Jalisco. Currently, its main producer, Jose Cuervo, is designing and developing a new six hector botanical garden/cultural complex. Designed to feature local and endemic succulents and coupled with an interactive museum,it will prove to be an attractive tourist destination and an opportunity to better understand topics related to the tequila-making process and Mexican flora and their relationship to several national ecosystems. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to observe the development of a new botanical garden while in the developmental stage. (Samples included!)