Jardin de Cactus in Spain
Cactus garden on the Canary island of Lanzarote is a magnificent example of architecture integrated into the natural landscape. The garden was conceived in the 1970s by Spanish artist Cesar Manrique (1919 – 1992), who was born on Lanzarote and loved the island for the rest of his life.
Spanish Jardin de Cactus Built by Cesar Manrique
Jardin de Cactus
The artist turned his attention to the old quarry and decided to purchase this land. His plans included the construction of the new Center for the Arts , Culture and Tourism on the devastated territory, as well as the restoration of a traditional windmill, which decorated the mine. However, due to various difficulties, the project was fulfilled only in the 1980s. The Cactus garden, which has become the final chord of the architectural work of Cesar Manrique, was completed and opened in 1990.
The Cactus Garden is located in Guatiza, in the municipality of Teguise, in the center of an agricultural area with extensive plantations of prickly pear cactus.
There is a huge outdoor cactus at the entrance to the garden, which was made of metal by Manrique. This sculpture and wrought-iron gates with images of cacti are symbolic landmarks of the majestic and wonderful space hidden behind the wall.
Entrance to the Garden of cacti is designed as a maze of large, ornate spaces arranged around a central structure in the form of plants, whose mission is to hide the view of the garden and thus provoke visitors move on. But a truly amazing view opens just outside the entrance. The garden has a circular structure. And it is kind of a metaphor, reminding us of the volcanic nature of the island. One of the main features of the restored amphitheater is walls consisting of terraces with different types of cacti, growing on their ledges.