Our large specimen of the Illawarra Flame Tree Brachychiton acerifolius is flowering spectacularly once again this year. The species is native to the east coast of Australia. Initially, the tree would flower very irregularly, sometimes taking five years to flower again. However, flowering is becoming more regular as the tree matures.
Last week, the Gibraltar Horticultural Society and the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens jointly hosted a session to teach schoolteachers about horticulture. The session was very well supported by teachers from a wide cross-section of Gibraltar’s education system, from infant schools to comprehensives. During a busy two hours, the teachers learnt how children can be encouraged to garden within school grounds. The relevance of horticulture to most facets of school curricula was also highlighted. We look forward to continuing to provide support for teachers and pupils who wish to expand their horticultural skills.
The Gibraltar Botanic Gardens have been awarded a certificate of excellence for 2015 by TripAdvisor, with a very high average rating by guests of 4.5/5. The comments posted in the overwhelmingly positive reviews range from compliments regarding the aesthetics of the Alameda to the very friendly and helpful service offered for functions and weddings. The Alameda’s staff will continue to work towards ensuring the highest level of user and customer satisfaction, into its bicentenary year of 2016.
Construction of the new glasshouse at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens is well underway. Recently, an impressive rock feature was installed, using large rocks of Gibraltar limestone. The feature protrudes through the wall into the two sections of the glasshouse, and will be used to grow cliff-loving plant species from both arid and tropical environments.