Previously on Bagging Botanic Gardens: Maspalomas et al., Wisley, Brussels, Down House, Much Else Besides.
The minute I found out there was a botanic garden in the north of Gran Canaria as well, a return visit became inevitable.
The Jardín Botánico Canario “Viera y Clavijo” is in the outskirts of Las Palmas, and is much larger than its Maspaloman sibling. As well as showcasing a Canary Island pine woodland, it also has a impressive path carved into the side of the cliff that overlooks the site. This affords splendid views across the gardens – assuming you can stomach them.The cliff-side path is planted with lots of native flora, including the endemic maple-leaved mallow (Lavatera acerifolia): haresfoot ferns (Davallia canariensis): and especially, a whole weyr of dragon-trees (Dracaena draco): Entry is free!
Botanerd highlights: the cactus and succulent garden is fantastic. It is large, and has many mature specimens of cactuses, Euphorbia, Pachypodium, and even a Madagascan Alluaudia. Some of the specimens are vast: this Pachycerus weberi is about 8 m high, and many of the Euphorbia are similarly imposing.