While living in Madrid, one thing that my husband and I enjoy doing on a sunny Sunday afternoon, is strolling through the Real Jardin Botanico in Madrid. Conveniently located next to the Museo de Prado, the garden offers a nice quiet refuge in the heart of the city.
On our first visit (last November), we were pleasantly surprised to find plants still in bloom and trees with leaves of gold and red hues. The golden Ginko trees in the fall were one of our favorites, along with the large vegetable garden with every gourde imaginable on the vines. Our second visit in May rewarded us with new rose buds and a large tulip, daffodil, and lily display.
Besides the ever changing floral exhibits, they also have different visual arts exhibits. Currently there is a photo exhibit, Photoespana, running through July 25th, and a sculpture exhibit, Aequibrium Naturaleza en Equilbro Esculturas de Jose G. Onieva, now through June 30th. They also have their permanent exhibits of cacti and palms, which I admit makes me homesick for Hawaii.
The garden also prides themselves on various educational opportunities for both children and adults. During the month of July, they have a daycamp for kids, this year the theme is Biodiversidad vegetal; Biodiversidad cultural. They also have a Science Week or Semana de la Ciencia, usually the second week in November with various visual exhibits and lectures. In their medicinal garden they are constantly researching and instructing the public on the various uses of this special class of plants.
The other thing I like about this garden is its open year round and until 9pm in the summer and their admission is only 2.50 euros for general, and 1.25 euros for students with i.d. A good place to walk off a large lunch during siesta, take visitors, or just beat the summer heat.
Real Jardin Botanico Plaza de Murillo, 28014 Madrid, España 914 203 017 Metro Atocha