The Gibraltar Botanic Gardens or La Alameda Gardens are a botanical garden in Gibraltar, spanning around 6 hectares. The Rock Hotel lies above the park. The main plants of the Alameda Gardens from the earliest days were the Stone Pine Pinus Pinea, the wild Olive Olea europaea, and the Dragon Tree Dracaena draco. It would appear that some of these trees, which still survive, pre-date the opening of the garden and thus are at least 200 years old. Planting subsequent to this had included notably species from South Africa Plumbago capensis, Aloe arborescens, capensis, Tecomaria capensis) and from Australia Melaleuca decussata. The plants of the Alameda Gardens are a combination of native species and others brought in from abroad, often from former British territories like Australia and South Africa with which Gibraltar gad maritime links at the time of the British Empire. Since 1991 many new species have been planted, some growing in Gibraltar for the first time. Visit Gibraltar.
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