Casa del los Volcanes & Botanical Gardens

The botanical gardens

It is useful having the geological museum and botanical gardens a short drive away and close to each other.  Entrance is free to both.

Casa de los Volcanes

The other day, I picked up a piece of rock containing small slabs of opaque green which I thought might be opal because I had seen something similar in La Casa de los Volcanes  geological museum in Rodalquilar. This morning I took my rock to compare it with their sample and found that the two were very similar.

Another view of the gradens

At the same time, we visited the nearby botanical gardens because I had seen a plant near our house which I was unable to identify. I found it almost immediately in the section devoted to rare and endemic plants. It is a variety of sideritis which is endemic to Almeria. It has minute white flowers.

Sea asters

It is very pleasant walking around the gardens in the autumn sunshine. Here is an example of sea asters.

Pony under a pepper tree

On the way home we spotted this little pony grazing under a pepper tree which made a pretty picture with the Mediterranean in the background.

The scarecrow was still at work in the gardens

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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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