Botanic gardens hold documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education. Botanic gardens are visited by 200 million visitors each year and so are clearly well placed to enthuse and educate by raising public awareness
Why a Barrocal Botanic Garden ?
Located in the South-West of the Iberian Peninsula, the Barrocal is one of the three ecological areas of the Algarve (Serra, Barrocal and Litoral) and has the most distinct plant community.
The Barrocal zones are an acknowledged biodiversity hotspot with a well documented flora of 1001 taxa, 461 genera and 101 botanical families. The area runs along the Algarve from Cape St Vincent to Castro Marim, and comprises an extensive range of mesozoic carbonated soils, located in the Central part of the Algarve coast, situated between the Serra and the coastal strip.
This area holds the potential for making beautiful natural gardens. The demonstration gardens will mix cultivated and managed natural areas. The first phase of this development is to create an are that has ONLY Barrocal native plants, highlighting the beauty and use of this unique mix of flora.