Saturday September 21, 12-2PM
We kick off our Cloud Forest focus with a demonstration by this dramatic Aztec dance group. Costumed in towering plumed headdresses the dancers will perform traditional ritual Aztec dances. Conservation organizations working to save the cloud forests and
endangered plant communities will also be on hand to explain the current
state of Mesoamerican and South America cloud forests. Also, join in with the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts from 11:30-12:30 to make an altar to usher in the Cloud Forest bloom!
11:00am-12:30pm Altar Making with the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
12:30-1pm Xitlalli Danza Azteca demonstration
About the Cloud Forest
High above the tropical rain forests in Central and South America, the landscape rises to elevations upwards of 6,500 feet, the close tropical air cools to mist and fog and reveals an abundance of mosses, ferns and epiphytes. Amidst a backdrop of every shade of green imaginable, high moisture levels and cool year-round temperatures sustain plants that vie for precious sunlight. Here in San Francisco, conditions are ripe for cloud forest plants. We have mild temperatures and, especially in summer, plenty of fog. We started planting our Mesoamerican Cloud Forest in 1984. Over the decades, this garden has matured to represent a typical cloud forest plant community.