Nestled within the green and leafy Montjuic area of Barcelona (where the Olympic Stadium/Estadi Olimpic is also found) is the city's still rather obscure botanical garden. There are no glasshouses here, which makes it unique from many other botanical gardens we have visited before but instead the plants are all growing out in the open in designated areas such as Australia, California, South Africa, Canary Islands, and Chile.
|Flowering Aloes in the South Africa Garden|
|Love the winding and geometric pathways of this botanical garden!|
|A taste of Australia! Pathway flanked with various Eucalyptus tree|
|View across to the 1992 Olympic Stadium|
|The rusting steel retaining walls impart an industrial and contemporary feel to the place|
This botanical garden is still rather obscure, rarely mentioned nor emphasised in travel guides but at least marked on every map we managed to get hold of. When we visited it felt like we had the entire place to ourselves during the length of our stay.
|We wouldn't mind having one of these in our garden! One can wish! - Macrozamia moorei|
|Another Macrozamia moorei duo|
|Most of the acacias were in bloom when we visited, like this one - Acacia cultriformis|
|Agave salmiana with smaller Agave parryi surrounding it|
|I wonder how many hundreds of years old their Olea europaea trees are...|
As expected, they had plenty of mature and stunning specimens to please plant lovers who are keen on native and endemic plants coming from the above areas. Some of their cycads, palms, agaves, and yuccas are particularly outstanding.
|This arid border made us giggle, it could do with a make over!|
|This one was much better!|
|Agave salmiana duo|
|with Furcraea parmentieri behind them|
|We immediately recognised this one and love how purple the leaves are!|
|Pretty don't you think so?|
|Yucca desmettiana (syn. Yucca aloifolia 'Purpurea')|
In some areas though the planting is still sparse and in need of more plants to be introduced there. Whilst in other parts the planting just needs to mature and should fill up their space nicely in time. Some areas are still under construction altogether, a testament on how relatively young this botanical garden actually is.
|Yucca schidigera patch growing at the base of Washingtonia robusta palms|
|Agave eduardi (syn. Agave vilmoriniana)|
|Puya alpestris that was given a haircut - like or loathe?|
|Conifer love at first sight! - Podocarpus henkelii|
|A patch of Melianthus major|
|Thamnocortus insignis left and Thamnocortus fraternus right|
If you ever find yourself in Barcelona and you love plants, take the time to visit their botanical garden, perhaps lump it in with a visit to their Olympic stadium. The garden is still young and actively evolving but it will just get better in time. Will definitely check it out again next time we come back to this city!