In this brief report I would like to tell you about my visit to the Historic Botanical Garden La Concepción in Malaga, unique in its own because of its diversity in subtropical and tropical plants planted outside.
The climatic conditions -mediterranean- of Malaga are ideal for this kind of plants as the average temperature is approximately 18° C being the average absolute minimum over 4° C, combined with a high air humidity and an average pluviometry rate of more than 500 mm per year. These conditions make it possible for the garden to hold a vast species diversity from America, Asia, Africa y Oceania.
This garden, created in 1850, covers a total area of 23 ha (5 of them covered by the historical garden) and is situated at the northern access of Malaga, specifically at the right margin of highroad CN 331.
The first thing that made a great impression on me when I entered the garden was the diversity of the plants that coexist in a relatively small space, of very different origins and tipology. On one hand, plants from Africa with thick leaves and very resistant against high temperatures but that would never resist a single early morning frost, on the other plants that we would commonly designate as " interior plants" that come from Asia which recreate a subtropic rain forest. All this mixed up with plants we can see everywhere, at least in Spain, (like the wisterias) but which here reach sizes and levels of beauty like nowhere else.
The park includes well designed areas, set up in a very delicate way as there are for example the multiple ponds, rivers and waterfalls which recreate tropical jungle athmospheres. Some other zones, allthough planted in severe order, have now the look, many years after they were planted, as if they were created by nature, fact that grants the whole compound a special charm.
You can also find some very outstanding specimens as for example some ficus elastica trees of impressive dimensions, with incredible surface root formations (as shown in the image below) and a branch magnitude that goes beyond 30 meters. Or the wisterias mentioned before with a trunk diameter of more than one meter and branches of a considerable length that climb up the nearby trees.
In the undergrowth, flowers and creeping plants everywhere, specially plentiful the african clivias in the first group, the monsteras in the second, covering big areas of the ground, hillsides and some trees.
If you mean to have a peaceful walk in the shade of the natural roof, or if you wish to study the multiple mediterranean, subtropic and tropic plant species, without no doubt it is worth to visit this botanical garden which I, for sure, have not visited for the last time.
I would also like to say thanks to the kind staff of the park which permitted us the entrance with the only company of our camera and permitted to take these photos which show just a minimal part of the multiple wonderful corners held by this nature reserve.