If you are in the area of the Sierra Norte de Seville Natural Park and have an interest in plants then the Jardín Botánico El Robledo is well worth a visit. The El Robledo botanical garden represents the plants typical of the Mediterranean forest, the adaptations of these species to the peculiarities of the climate, as well as the importance of rivers in a region where water can be very scarce.
The route around the well laid out and labelled gardens simulates an ascent from the lower parts of Sierra Morena between wild olive trees, across rockrose, holm oaks and gall oaks until reaching the plants adapted to live in the higher rocky terrain. The path then descends to the course of a stream habitat highlighting riverside species.
A short video about El Robledo botanic garden
Among the collections presented are
- Herbs from the Sierra Norte de Sevilla.
- Trees such as Quercus canariensis, Quercus faginea, Quercus pyrenaica, Quercus ilex, Quercus suber, Alnus glutinosa alders, wild chestnuts, willows and birches.
The garden also has an area dedicated to endemic and threatened flora and is involved in various protection and re introduction schemes in the area.
Address: On the road from Constantina to el Pedroso, km 1 (Close to the information centre of the same name (El Robledo) for the Sierra Norte de Seville Natural Park)
Entry is free but there are also guided tours (free and at a fee) available by contacting in advance.
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