Botanical Garden of Valencia: Peaceful Oasis

The Botanical Garden of Valencia was founded in 1567 and like most botanical gardens around the world, it started out as a physic garden dedicated to herbs and medicinal plants for study purposes. In 1802, the University of Valencia decided to relocate it to its current and final location in what was known as the Huerto de Tramoyeres (Tramoyeres Garden).

During the 20th Century the Botanical Garden suffered the consequences of wars which led to its decay and partial abandonment. Its director at that time, Francisco Beltran, tried his best to maintain the garden but all his hard work was practically destroyed by the devastating 1957 flood of Valencia which severely affected the whole city.

In 1991 it opened its doors to the public once it was fully restored and subsequently in 2000 the research building was inaugurated.

The botanical garden is divided into 4 main areas: Useful Plants, Systematic Collections, Plant Adaptations & Biogeographic Collections. Additionally, it also has a series of different greenhouses and a pond. botanicplanokeyThe main entrance is located inside the research building next to an open air foyer with a large hackberry tree towering high above. botanicexteriorSHADEHOUSE (see letter A on map)

Designed in 1897 to house plants from the tropical greenhouse during the summer months. The building itself composes a series of cast iron arches resting on Neo-Greek buttresses. In the centre of the building there is also a small pond with fishes and frogs. botanicumbracleTROPICAL GREENHOUSE (see letter B on map)

Designed in 1859 this greenhouse contains, as its name suggests, tropical plants. The building is a unique example in Spain of iron-work architecture of its age. invernaderotropicalEXHIBITION GREENHOUSES (see letter C on map)

There are four exhibition greenhouses so step down into them to discover the four distinct worlds. Do not forget to close the door behind you upon entering and exiting. invernaderosexhibicion-ORCHIDS (see number 12 on map)

orchids– FERNS (see number 13 on map)

helechos– BROMELIADS (see number 14 on map)

bromelias– CARNIVOROUS (see number 19 on map)

carnivorasPOND GREENHOUSE (see letter D on map)

Based on the Tropical Greenhouse, it was built in 1888 and houses tropical palm trees. In front of the greenhouse there is also a pond with aquatic plants and fish.

invernaderobalsabotanicpondROSEMARY’S SHED (see letter E on map)

The original purpose of this building was to house a heating system but due to neglect it has been repurposed to house cold-sensitive succulents especially cacti. casetacactiDESERT PLANTS (see number 24 on map)botanicsuccelentsbotaniccactiKITCHEN GARDEN (see numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 on map)kitchengardenfrutalesMEDICINAL PLANTS (see number 2 on map)medicinalsFLORA OF VALENCIA (see number 27 on map)floravalencianaPALM TREES (see number 11 on map)palmerasBOTANICAL SCHOOL (see number 15 on map)escuelabotanicaFOREST (see number 21 on map)forestalesforestales2SIDE WALLSsidewallsbotanicROAMING CATS (everywhere)gatosdelbotanic

Rating: 7/10 Peaceful oasis slap bang in the middle of town and undeniably beautiful especially if you enjoy nature. The downsides are that it is not free all year around and some of the collections in the exhibition greenhouses are mostly dead especially in the orchid and carnivorous exhibition greenhouses. Perhaps it’s the wrong season.

Where: Calle Quart, 80

Opening Times: November – February: 10.00am – 6.00pm / March & October: 10.00am – 7.00pm / April & September: 10.00 – 8.00pm / May – August: 10.00am – 9.00pm. It opens Everyday except Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Entrance Fee: 2.50€ (free for children under 7). It is also free on Arbor Day (31st January), Museum day & Fascination of Plants Day (18th May), International Day for Biological Diversity (22nd May), World Environment Day (5th June) & World Science Day for Peace and Development (10th November).





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