A tour through the flora in the parks of Seville

Seville in spring is a magical experience. As March approaches, the city takes on unmistakable tones and aromas, the kind that are hard to forget. And this becomes even more palpable when strolling through its hundreds of parks and gardens.

It is often said that Seville in spring smells of orange blossom, which although it is true because there are more than 40,000 orange trees in the capital, we do not only have this aromatic flower. Up to 750 species and varieties of plants from various parts of the world are integrated in the city. Do you dare to take a tour of the most unique ones with us?

We begin our tour in the most outstanding park of our city, the Maria Luisa Park. It is an experience for the senses if you decide to visit it in spring. Although every time of the year has its particularities.

The park began as the royal gardens of the Duke of Montpensier and the Infanta Maria Luisa Fernanda de Borbon. When the latter became a widow, she ceded them to the city. For the Ibero-American Exposition held in 1929, the park was to become the site of the exposition. The result, practically as we know it today, is due to the French landscaper Forestier, who transformed the palace gardens into a renovated public park suitable for recreation.

In it alone, we find more than 140 plant species from five continents, which gives it a great botanical value. The beauty of the lilac-tinted jacarandas, the colorful pink flowers of the Jupiter trees, the love trees and the Japanese cherry trees full of flowers, among others, make the place unique.

One of the most striking trees in the park is the taxodium or swamp cypress. It is a specimen that grows naturally on the banks of the great rivers, especially in Mississippi. It has a majestic and elegant bearing that allows it to attract all eyes. Its branches give it a romantic air, and it is not by chance, since, although there are several in the park, the best known is located in the Glorieta de Bécquer.

The acacias are also distinctive of the park. There are three types: black acacia, white acacia and Japanese acacia. The latter are catalogued as "false acacias" because they do not strictly belong to the species. Although they are not of great beauty, they are floral, aromatic and shady. Australian fig trees also attract the visitor's attention because of their lush tropical features. From their thick trunk emerge showy and overwhelming roots that transmit a great sense of power.

If the Maria Luisa Park had more than 140 species, in the Jose Celestino Mutis Park there are 143 trees and shrubs of different genera and seven different types of palms. For this reason, this green area in the southern district is considered one of the most important botanical ensembles in the city. On the other hand, the old rose garden of the Parque de los Príncipes is unique in the city, as is its citrus grove.

The city also has other historic gardens such as the Jardines de los Reales Alcázares, the Parque de las Delicias or the Jardín Americano. In them we can find eucalyptus, rubber trees, magnolias, bananas, white acacias and jacarandas, among others.

The last of them is located in the northernmost area of Seville, in the middle of Isla de la Cartuja. Did you know of its existence? Probably not because of the deterioration it has suffered in recent years. It was built for the 1992 International Exposition, but was abandoned for 17 years and reopened in 2010. The highlight of this park, and what makes it unique in the area, are the more than 400 plants of American origin found there. Yes, yes, what you hear. Walking through it you will feel as if you were in the middle of a tropical forest.

Near the latter we find the Alamillo Park, which alone has 48 hectares on the Isla de la Cartuja! Mainly we can find about thirty species of trees, mostly native to the area such as olive trees, cork oaks, holm oaks, carob trees, gall oaks, stone pines and ash trees. Although perhaps not noted for its great beauty, it is a pleasant walk to take refuge from the Sevillian heat that begins with spring.

In the Alcazar Gardens there is also a tree that, although it goes unnoticed, has a great history. It is the ginkgo biloba, probably the oldest tree on the planet earth since it is estimated that it was already spreading in large forests more than two hundred billion years ago. Although it is said that it is difficult for them to adapt to the summer heat of the city, in the Alcázar there are several centenary specimens.

Also, did you know that the Alameda de Hercules dates back to 1574, being the first public garden in Europe? And that the Amate Park was discovered that a type of acacia hitherto unknown in Spain? And that in the gardens of the Cartuja Monastery preserved an ombú that was planted by the son of Christopher Columbus?

If you have the desire to discover, or rediscover more curiosities about the parks of Seville paying more attention to its floral richness, you are at the right time, you will not regret it!

If you want to know Seville and its parks in spring, do not hesitate to write to info@sevilla4real and we will inform you of all the possibilities.




Source: Los árboles invisiblesEl CorreoEcured Vivir los Parques

Pictures: El Mundo / El Rinconcillo / Sevilla Secreta / Los Árboles Invisibles / Santamaria Aptments