Botanical-Historical Garden of Málaga

The hacienda of La Concepción has its origin in the union of several farms located on the banks of the Guadalmedina River, north of the city of Malaga. Of agricultural vocation, in them there were crops of cereals, olives, almonds, grapevines and, mainly, citrus fruits. Its creators were the Marquises of Casa Loring, Jorge Loring Oyarzábal and Amalia Heredia Livermore, both sons of well-known businessmen who came to the city in search of their fortune. According to the jurist Rodríguez de Berlanga, the idea of ​​making the garden came to them as a result of visiting the palaces, villas, parks, farms and botanists that they met on their honeymoon, carried out all over Europe seven years before. For the creation of the garden they had the help of a French gardener named Jacinto Chamoussent, who selected and acclimatized exotic plants, obtaining numerous awards for his work.

La Concepción was known in Europe from its beginnings, but not for its beautiful and exuberant garden, but for the magnificent collection of archaeological remains gathered around the Loringiano Museum, Doric-style temple that was built in 1859 based on a discovered Roman mosaic in the town of Cártama. For years, the Loring couple took care to recover as many archaeological remains as they could. The Lex Flavia Malacitana stands out among the collection, a bronze with the Roman laws that governed Malaga in the eighties and which today is in the National Archaeological Museum; other pieces that made up the collection are in the Provincial Museum of Customs in Malaga.

Around the historic garden is the botanical garden, where the collections of plants are organized under a scientific criterion. So you can see near the entrance a collection of aquatic plants, another of "prehistoric plants", "the rock of biodiversity", a greenhouse with insectivores, bromeliads and orchids; a collection of African plants and another of bamboo plants. To the north you can visit the route "Around the world in 80 trees"; the collection of palm trees, which enriches the existing one in the historic garden; a collection of Malaga grape varieties and another one of olive trees in the area of "The plants of our land". The upper strip of the historic garden is covered by the forest route and the viewpoints, both with native plants. In the part more to the south the collection of cactaceous and succulent is located, the one of subtropical fruit trees and the historical limonar.