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Botanical Garden, Tenerife, Puerto De La Cruz

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In 1788, Carlos III of Spain decided that he wanted some of the exotic plants, flowers and trees from his territories in South and Central America brought over to adorn his palace in Madrid. Trouble was the flora needed a stop-off point to become acclimatized to their new environment. The Canary Islands, with their sub-tropical climate, seemed the ideal choice, so Carlos drew up a Royal Decree on August 17th of that year declaring the establishment of an "acclimatization garden" in Puerto de La Cruz.

Although known officially as Jardín de Aclimatación de la Orotava, or "JAO", it is actually in Puerto de La Cruz (there is a smaller one actually in La Orotava).

It covers around 20,000 square metres, and there are plans underway to double its size, with the addition of landscaping and more modern facilities.

 

Source: http://www.tenerife-information-centre.com/botanical-gardens-puerto.html

 

Of course I had to visit. Here are some more pictures:

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I think I've visited it, when I was on Tenerife, but I'm not sure. It's many years ago.

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The water lilies are gorgeous, the tree roots faintly bizarre. Thanks for sharing the extra photos, Addy. :)

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They are all great pictures and with those roots I have again learned something new, thank you.

At the mention of Tenerife, I think of Mark Arbour and his Bridgemont series with Granger and where Nelson lost an eye and arm.

 

Thank you one more time

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They are all great pictures and with those roots I have again learned something new, thank you.

At the mention of Tenerife, I think of Mark Arbour and his Bridgemont series with Granger and where Nelson lost an eye and arm.

 

Thank you one more time

Sandrewn

Yes I read everything about  Nelson's loss when I knew I'd visit Tenerife. The English tried to conquer Tenerife three times...all in vain. They just didn't know when to stop...erm...yes. ;)

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