The ‘Botanical Garden of Cacti and Other Succulent Plants 'Mora i Bravard' of Casarabonela’ originated in Mallorca in 1995. The collection was created by Edwige Bravard and Joan Gabriel Mora, who cared for and pampered the plants over many years as a hobby. As a more suitable climate was required for these plants, they moved to Andalusia where they established their collection in its current location in the Garden of Casarabonela, which is a beautiful white village at bottom of Sierra de las Nieves.
The Garden offers an element of uniqueness, within the scope of heritage, nature and culture. The garden has an extensive and varied collection of cacti and succulent plants, with about 2200 different species of plants belonging to different botanical families, adapted to live in arid places of tropical and subtropical areas of the whole world. It is one of the best collections of Europe that, apart from cacti, includes other succulent plants that have developed similar morphological characters, like water accumulation, reduced consumption of water, presence of spines and reduction of leaf surface.
Covering an area of 8000 square meters, the garden contains about 11000 specimens, belonging to 45 botanical families and about 2200 different species.
Endangered species of three continents, in particular of the areas of Madagascar, Arabian Peninsula and Mexico, are part of the collection. There are samples collected from places as varied as United States, Morocco, Spain, Africa and India, placed in the greenhouse and in the outside garden of the complex, which responds to landscaping criteria.
The geographical areas best represented in the greenhouse infrastructure are South Africa and Madagascar and the deserts of the South of United States and Mexico. However, the greenhouse contains numerous specimen from South America —Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile and Argentina—, tropical Africa, Arabian Peninsula, India, Australia, Europa and the Mediterranean region. There is also a special area dedicated to the Canary Islands. Throughout the year you can find blooming plants due to the different flowering periods.
The Botanical Garden of Casarabonela is nestled within the Natural Park of 'Sierra de las Nieves' at 375 meters above sea level, benefiting from the micro-climate of the South East side where the village and the gardens are located, this gives adequate conditions to the cultivation and maintenance of these plants. Sierra de las Nieves, declared Reserve of the Biosphere, is an authentic natural paradise just a step away from the Costa del Sol, and very close to cities like Malaga and Marbella.
"Our aim is to create a space dedicated to fans and lovers of cacti and other succulent plants. A place for conservation in which visitors can see a wide variety of species and acquire knowledge about the fascinating world of these plants, many of them threatened and endangered."
María del Mar Trigo.
Scientific Advisor. Professor of the Plant Biology Department of Malaga University.
Garden Infraestructure Workshop 2014
During the whole of 2014 and part of 2015, we had in our premises a Garden Workshop under the expert hand of Jose Chaves, their monitor, who motivates, encourages and teaches them the secrets of plants.
We received visits from Workshop El Algarrobal, in Alhaurin de la Torre, which is also dedicated to gardening. Its students saw first-hand, guided by our botanist and their teachers, the incredible world of cacti and succulent plants, their care and their morphological characteristics.
Workshop Nursery-Gardening 2005-2006
This is the first workshop that created our display in both the outside garden and the greenhouse. Some students, at the end of the workshop, were employed by the garden, putting the knowledge they acquired to good use.