Silver Medal for Olympian with Green Fingers

17 year old golfer Nicholas Payas has won a silver medal whilst competing for Gibraltar at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.  Nicholas is a Bayside Comprehensive pupil who works at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens once a week, as part of his ASDAN…

Glasshouse Progress

The frame for the new Glasshouse is currently being erected, after UK-based specialist company Alitex arrived in Gibraltar to carry out the works.  It is already looking impressive and the colour blends beautifully with Gibraltar’s limestone.  The Glasshouse will be inaugurated in Spring 2016…

Gardens & GONHS Promote the Environment

The Director of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens was recently asked to deliver a talk at the ‘Sustaining Partnerships’ conference that was held in Gibraltar by the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (UKOTCF).  Dr Keith Bensusan gave his talk on behalf of the botanic gardens…

Really Wild Tea Party

The Really Wild Tea Party at the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park was held last week. There was an excellent turn out, with guests flocking in for tea, cakes and refreshments, as well as a bouncy castle, face painting and feeding fun with the animals. The…

Australian Tree Flaming

  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…

Teaching Teachers to Garden

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…

Alameda Excels on TripAdvisor

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…

Glasshouse Progress

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…

Main Walk and Glasshouse

Main walk

Extensive works are taking place throughout the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens in preparation for our bicentenary in 2016. This includes a redesign of the Family Beds along the Main Walk, which now includes two rows of Alexander Palms Archontophoenix alexandrae lining the avenue. Preparatory works…

Bridge gets a Trim

Bridge gets a Trim

The climbers that clamber over the frame of the Giuseppe Codali Bridge across The Dell are at least a hundred years old. The most dominant species there is the Bougainvillea Bougainvillea glabra, but it includes other species including Ivy Hedera helix and Golden Chalice…