Some prickly pears from the wonderful Cactus Garden on the island of Lanzarote in the Canaries.
The Cactus Garden was the last work of César Manrique, finished in Lanzarote in 1991. In 1973 the artist had already restored the mill that ornaments the limits of the Centre, with the idea of changing some semi buried volcanic monoliths into the main sculptures of a beautiful garden.
The Cactus Garden is an excellent example of how to recover a deteriorated space because it was built on an old quarry of volcanic ashes extraction, also known as “rofe” or “picón” and used by the peasants of Lanzarote to cover the crops and keep the night humidity.
This spectacular botanical garden shelters about 10,000 types of cactus from more than 1,400 distinct species originating from America, Madagascar and the Canaries; gathered together by the late expert botanist, Estanislao González Ferrer.
This is a must see if you ever visit the island.