Jardines Botanicos El Albardinal

In the gardens

This morning, while waiting for the mist to clear before our morning swim, we visited the Botanical Gardens El Albardinal in Rodalquilar.

Entering the gardens

The gardens are open every day except Mondays from 1000-1400 and 1600-1800. Admission is free.

Rodalquilar church

They are located along a pretty avenue next to the new church and below the ruins of the old the gold mine buildings.

The botanical gardens

When we first visited Rodalquilar there was just a dirt track through its valley and the town comprised mainly the old ruins of the miners’ houses. There was one street in which a few locals lived and one bar. Now it has been totally transformed and is quite chic. The offices of the Parque Natural are located here close to these beautiful gardens.

Looking at plants

One of the many varieties of pomegranates

The gardens represent the natural flora  and agriculture of the semi-arid zones of eastern Andalucia and are divided into sections, each representing a particular habitat and its plantlife. Also, there are examples of cultivated trees and flowers, endemic and threatened species and a garden devoted to useful or medicinal plants.

Volunteers receiving instruction

El Albardinal is superbly designed and laid out and it blends in seamlessly with the surrounding backdrop of ochre-coloured hills and mountains.

The Scarecrow

If you click on the photos they will enlarge.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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2 Responses to Jardines Botanicos El Albardinal

  1. dthorn420 says:

    I liked the Scarecrow…Didn’t see any crows around…must work.

  2. Angela Bell says:

    This looks really wonderful and a postive antdote to what is happening in San Jose for instance.

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