13 June 2016 By Tash Ellens
The Alameda was established by Lieutenant-Governor Sir George Don, he dedicated the gardens to the public as an area of significant resources. There were numerous interconnecting paths and terraced beds laid out around the park, which were created using the islands Jurassic Limestone rock. Although the Alameda has shrunk since then, many of the paths remain, along with a series of commemorative busts and guns, representing the islands military history and heritage. In 1991 The Alameda was rehabilitated, establishing the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, helping to provide resourceful education, research and conservation of flora to the public.
The gardens are located at the bottom of The Rock in Gibraltar allowing the greenhouse to be built up against its side. The plans for the greenhouse started in 2013 when Alitex built their relationship with Kew Student, Andrew. Andrew moved to Gibraltar Botanic Gardens and filled the role of Curator helping to involve Alitex with the bicentenary celebrations. Along with Alitex, there have been many teams involved with the project including Casais in Gibraltar, JLC and the garden staff. The journey was challenging at time but Alitex strengthened this with the experience of design, the transports and the overall enjoyment of working with Gibraltar Botanic Gardens.
In one area of the greenhouse, tropical species including orchids and bromeliads fill the raised beds, whilst on the other side, succulents and various arid zone plants create a natural desert environment. The greenhouse is separated between the desert and tropical atmosphere and as you follow the winding path and go from one area to the next, you can feel the change in the environment from the humid and moist to the dry heat and bare rock.
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