Park of the Peoples of the Americas, Motril, (Spain)

Some weeks ago I was offered a visit to an urban park, the "Park of the people of the Americas" in the town of Motril, some Kms., south from Granada (Spain).  I was really y interested since I know it was designed with the concept of an experiment of planting trees and shrubs from subtropical areas from the American continent, in a urban area just few Kms. from the seaside. 


The hour of the appointment was not the best for photography in summer, but the botanical interest was so great that I tried my best to portray the park.


The park that was inaugurated n 1992, is in the middle of the town and is considered a very important urban green area, houses some 50 exotic and subtropical trees and shrubs from different parts of the American continent.  
I was told that panels with botanical details (in previous image you can see one on the right hand side) were designed to be distributed throughout the park, but many of them were in very bad conditions (reading was really difficult) and due to economic constrains the replacements would have to wait.


I met some days later a team of Biology teachers from a secondary school, that some time worked in the park and created a catalog of species planted for education/documentation purposes, and can be consulted in this link, and that will have successive  updates in the future.

The place offers shadow, pleasant areas, benches and walks, and a playground for children, but I like it to consider it a bit of a small and botanical garden, the images below show few of the many in the park.
Taxodium Distichum, and Washingtonia Robusta



Escalonia floribonda, is great for creating hedges


Other trees that can be found in the park are: Roystonea regia, Washingtonia filifera,  Chorisia speciosa, Parkinsonia aculeata, Bahunia candicans, Thevetia peruviana, Tipuana tipu, Persea americana (Avocado tree), Liriodendrom  tulipifera, etc.  Some of them can offer a powerful and beautiful sculptural presence.



Comments

PlantPostings said…
Nicely done--both your photos and the botanical plantings. I think the photos look great--you worked effectively with the challenging lighting conditions.