International Collaboration Honored by the North American Friendship Garden
The North American Friendship Garden is a collaborative effort by the Consulate General of Canada in Texas and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Antonio, the City of San Antonio, San Antonio River Authority, and San Antonio River Foundation. The inspiration came from the intrepid Monarch Butterfly and trilateral conversations involving UNESCO Creative Cities, San Antonio City of Gastronomy, and the City of San Antonio being named the first Monarch Butterfly Champion City in the world. This pollinator garden is in alignment with several international Sustainable Development Goals and it provides a sanctuary for Monarch Butterflies during their international migration, as well as crucial habitat for myriad other pollinators and migratory species. This trilateral effort symbolizes the close ties between the peoples of Canada, Mexico, and the San Antonio community. As the Monarch Butterfly and other migrating species travel between Canada, Mexico, and San Antonio, the North American Friendship Garden reminds visitors that through respect, dialogue, and a true spirit of collaboration, all communities can be nurtured and thrive.
Artistic amenities in the garden were made possible through generous support from Frost Bank, Kirti and Dr. Mahendra Patel, Dr Rajnikant C Patel COL (R) and Dipakben R Patel, the San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council, and the City of San Antonio: World Heritage Office, Department of Arts & Culture, Economic Development Department, Global Engagement Office.