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Cesar Manrique's Cactus Garden

Listed under Gardens in Lanzarote, Spain.

  • Photo of Cesar Manrique's Cactus Garden
  • Photo of Cesar Manrique's Cactus Garden
  • Photo of Cesar Manrique's Cactus Garden
  • Photo of Cesar Manrique's Cactus Garden
  • In Lanzarote's cactus garden
  • The garden is in a volcanic crater
  • Golden Ball Cactus from Mexico enjoy the sunshine in Lanzarote
  • Rocks and cacti echo shapes
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A world away from those dusty specimens seen on windowsills, the cacti in Cesar Manrique's garden are spectacular sculptural works of art. Their shapes echo the dramatic lava formations thrown up by Lanzarote's volcanic eruptions in the 1700s.

The garden is both landscape art and a great resource for biodiversity. Cacti from all over the world thrive in the warm dry climate. Their structures and colours are complemented by natural rock formations. Terraced paths wind round the inside of the volcanic crater which shapes the garden. Pools of water reflect the sculptural combinations of rocks and plants.

The garden contains a windmill and you can go inside it to see the mechanism for feeding grain into the the millstones. Beyond the mill lie fields of prickly pear cactus. These support cochineal beetles, used to produce a natural red dye.

The cafe in the garden has a shaded terrace, good for a cooling drink after walking round the many paths. Even the signs on the washrooms here have a playful artistic quality showing Cesar Manrique's love of natural forms.

Written by  Jenny Fowler.

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1000 species of cactus have been collected and displayed here, a veritable spiky smorgasbord of green fleshy rods and lobes, decorated with their strangely moist and plastic looking flowers. They go well, both as far as growing conditions and visually, against the background of Lanzarote’s volcanic landscape.

The garden was collected and arranged by Cesar Manrique, a prominent local artist, and some of his metal art work is featured in the garden, and on the path leading up to the refurbished windmill El Jardin del Cactus is also known for.

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