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This garden is, for many, the most fascinating botanical garden in Galicia for its extraordinary richness in ornamental flora as well as for its value in landscape and botanical terms.

 

In the nineteenth century, Ivan Armada y Fernandez de Cordoba (1845-1899), known as “el Tío Iván” considerably increased the collection of plants, especially camellias. First quotes of it appear in his notebooks between 1875 and 1899.

 

In these, “el Tío Ivan” wrote that several camellia specimens were planted alongside other already growing in the garden. By that time they measured around 7 meters high. Therefore, it’s right to conclude that these “old camellias” were planted years before, probably between 1780 and 1820. Others were planted before 1850, and those planted by “el Tío Ivan” from 1875  onwards.

 

From a botanical point of view, the most important feature of this estate is it’s collection of monumental trees, among which we can point out: camellias (Camellia), olive (Olea europaea), boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), giant magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora), the Australian fern (Dicksonia antarctica), cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica), Virginia tulipwood tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), the ombu (Phytolacca dioica), pyramidal oak (Quercus Robur var. Fastigiata), Washingtonia palms (Washingtonia robusta) and an orange tree reminiscent of the old citrus farm .

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