Cadiz and Malaga Garden Route

In the city of Cadiz, there are the Parque Genovés and the Alameda Apodaca, a large avenue laid out with gardens with sections in the romantic style. There are likewise beautiful patios in the old part of the town. There is a remarkable specimen of Dragons tree (Dracanea draco) in the Faculty of Medicine. In Jerez we can mention the González Ontoria park where the My fair is held, with a kiosk designed by Eiffel, and El Tempul park that houses a small zoo with a good snake house. In Sanlúcar de Barrameda the gardens of the ducal palace of Medina Sidonia are remarkable, there is an old well and remains pf piping, as well as a very fair bed of acanthus. The Orleans Palace gardens are also worth mention, as are the old Botanical Gardens established by Godoy where many species from the America have become acclimatized. The houses along the beach of La Jara jave some good gardens, some with large Araucarias. Algeciras has the María Cristina park dating from 1830 that after rebuilding at the beginning of this century, represents an early recreation of an Hispano- Arabic garden. There is also a park of Las Acacias, that usd to be Villa Smith, a garden of the 19th century. There is a Botanical Garden in Gibraltar in the recently restored gardens of La Alameda dating from 1816, with many Dragon trees that have become so acclimatized, that it is not known if they were planted or if they have sprouted spontaneously.

In Málaga the oldest gardens are found on the outskirts of the town, such as El Retiro de Fray Alonso de Churriana, where the pond and Bishop's Orchard date from 1669; however, the most interesting gardens in this park are, the botanical garden, the garden of La Sirena with a splendid avocado tree, the garden of La Cascada and the Ría dating from the 18th century, the latter with a lovely avenue of cypresses. These gardens are an excellent example of privating gardering. Nearby lies La Cónsula, a 19th c. garden, the most sober of all those in Málaga, that surrounds a recently restored building, with lovely old trees. The Hacienda de San José is to be found on the road to Granada, dating from the end of the 18th c.; it has an outstanding royal palm tree- Roystonea regia brought from Cuba, in the middle of two large Norfolk island Araucarias. On the same road is La Concepción, with exuberant vegetation and an impressive collection of palm trees, where the most remarkable one is the Chilean palm, Jubaea chilensis, owing to its originality. There are also good specimens of Ficus , many sub- tropical flowering plants, including Strelitzia nicolai over four metres high and Alpinia cerumbet with large flowers.

The park in Málaga has the best collection of tropical and sub- tropical ornamental flowers in the peninsula, with spectacular palm trees, particuñarly the Washintonias near the Customs, excellent examples of large Kentias, as well as of Arcantophoenix and Caryota. Araucaria, the best Encephaloartos laurentianus of the peninsula, Spathodea with large orange flowers, Pandanos with countless stilt-like roots and the enormous Taxodios should also be mentioned. Not far in Muelle de Heredia, there is an example of that very rare tree, "the bottle tree", Chorisia insignis, beside th lovely Ficus retusa avenue of La Alameda, where there is a curious date palm with nine trunks. The gardens of La Alcazaba, Puerta Oscura (dark door) and Monte de Gibralfaro, are worth mentioning.

The private gardens in Málaga and the province may be considered the most spectacular in Spain for the tropical and sub-tropical species. The Costa del Sol has countless examples of modern gardening as, for instance, the gardens at Puente Romano or those of Marbella Club and, of course, myriad private ones.

In the small towns of the province it is easy to find small public gardens with attractive sub-tropical species.

At Rona the Alameda del Tajo over gorge is remarkable, and the gardens of the Reina Victoria Hotel and the remains of one of Casa del Rey Moro, in which Forestier had a hand, are worth mention.

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