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PLANT PLOT Botanical Boost For Cactus Garden

Thursday October 1, 2015

PLANT PLOT Botanical Boost For Cactus Garden

The Cactus Garden, Lanzarote’s biggest and best known botanical attraction, is about to be boosted by the addition of nearly 1000 new plants, as local tourist authorities seek to further grow admissions at the island’s fifth most popular cultural draw.

Developed by botanist, Estanislao Gonzales Ferrer, under the guidance of César Manrique, the Cactus Gardens first opened to the public back in 1992 and attracted close to 300,000 visitors last year alone. Boasting over 1,000 different plant species from the Canary Islands and countries as diverse as Peru, Madagascar and Tanzania it is now well established as one of the best botanical gardens in the world, showcasing a stunning selection of succulents, agave and cacti.

Since its inauguration this will be only the second time that a new population of plants has been introduced into the garden, the previous occasion having been over ten years ago. The new plants are partly being used to refresh stocks of existing species but new types are also being introduced, including some that are now virtually extinct in their original habitats.

The Councillor for Tourism at the Lanzarote Cabildo, Echedey Eugenio, is delighted with the initiative, stating that it “continues with the conservation of César Manrique´s work” as well as creating an important plant bank for more general conservation purposes.

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