La Concepción: Botanical-Historical Garden – Málaga
LA CONCEPCIÓN – MÁLAGA
Patronato Botánico Municipal
Ciudad de Málaga
Camino del Jardín Botánico 3
29014 Málaga – Spain
The Historical Viewpoint
It was built around 1920 by Rafael Echevarria and affords views of the Cathedral of Málaga, the castle and the Gibralfaro Hill, the Mediterranean Sea and the woods of San Jose Estate on the opposite side of the motorway.
The garden was created in 1855 by the Marquises of Casa Loring (Jorge Loring Oyarzabal and Amalia Herida Livermore). A few years later, the Echevarría-Echevarrieta family expanded it and was declared a Historical and Artistic Garden in 1943. In 1990 it became property of the City of Málaga, who opened it to the public in 1994. Today it is also recognized as a Place of Cultural Interest.
Round the World in 80 Trees
A 400 meter path bordered by 80 species of trees making an imaginary map of the world. Each continent is represented by trees, bushes, climbers and herbaceous. Each of these trees are sponsored by a child who committed himself to take care of its conservation.
The Stately Home
Originally the Stately Home was build as a holiday home for Jorge Loring and his wife after they had bought La Concepción in 1885. It was designed by the German architect August Orth. This house on the top of a hill an has a view on the Mediterranean Sea as well as the Málaga Cathedral. In the center there is a two storey high patio.
It was restored between 2004 and 2007 by the Ministry of Public Works and the Málaga City Council.
Some numbers about the garden:
23 hectares in total, with in the center a Historic-Artistic Garden of 3 hectares
More than 25,000 plants (more than 3,000 different species of which 90 are palm trees, 200 of them are native, all others are (sub)tropical
Some ficuses are more than a 100 years old
The Old Schoolhouse
Early 20th century, Rafael Echevarria had a schoolhouse built so that the children form the families working on the estate and in the surroundings could be educated.