I’ll attempt to compile as much information as possible in this section about further reading, websites of interest, and general links to horticulture and local tourism . This section, as with the rest of this site, is a work in progress. I’ll keep adding new links as and when I find them, so please check for updates.
As mentioned elsewhere in this blog, it’s worth starting off by stating that Malaga city has very much enjoyed a tourist boom over the past few years. The redevelopment of the Parque and the wholesale renovation of the harbour area have been followed by the opening of several famous name museums in the city, along with an artistic revamp of the “Soho” area to the south of the Alameda and the continuing pedestrianisation of the tourist centre. The further expansion of the local airport has obviously helped, but the growth in Malaga’s role as a favourite Cruiseship port has also been a stunning success.
The city has transformed itself from a place that tourists used to bypass on their way to the Costa del Sol into a leading European weekend and short break destination. Malaga’s Tourism office should take the plaudits for a number of promotional initiatives. There are many videos of the city available on the internet. This guia turistica is a good introduction
…And this latest is one of the finest. The pride of being a Malagueño really comes across. “Somos Malaga.” (“We are Malaga.”)
Malaga city centre is great for bookshops, both modern and second hand. I think this is true of Spain in general. It’s an enjoyable experience discovering new shops down narrow side streets, and it’s here that I located some very useful source material. The one book I found to be essential in studying the flora and history of the Parque, and the fascinating topic of Malaga gardens was
Marfil, A.A. and Garretas, BD (1987) “El Parque de Malaga” Ayto. de Malaga.
However as this was a 1980’s publication it soon became outdated given the redevelopment of the area that has recently taken place. The latest (great) news is that in 2014 this book has just been updated and reproduced, by the same distinguished authors, and now serves as an essential guide to anyone needing in depth information on the Parque.
Marfil, A.A. and Garretas, BD (2014) “El Parque de Malaga. Un Ejemplo de Biodiversidad.”
You should be able to find this in most local bookshops, depending on availabilty. Two other publications that are worth a look at in relation to the area, and to Malaga’s other parks include
Del Cañizo, Jose Antonio (1990) “Jardines de Malaga” Editorial Arguval.
Jose Antonio Del Cañizo is a respected local writer and has written widely on the subject.
Also, Ayora, A. Bueno, M. et al. (1988) “Flora Ornamental de Malaga – Guia de arboles y arbustos de las calles, plazas, parques y jardines de la ciudad e itinerarios” Editorial Arguval. Although now slightly dated it does include many useful plant profiles and colour photos, and certainly worth a look out for in second hand shops.
The Mediterranean Garden Society (MGS) is a non-profit organisation set up in Greece in 1994 for the benefit of all those around the world – professional and amateur alike – interested in gardening in Mediterranean climates. It offers membership, but it also has an excellent website and forum which acts as a place for sharing and searching for information on a wide range of Mediterranean garden topics. The very experienced and horticulturally qualified members in the Society were certainly helpful in identifying some of the less obvious plants in the Parque. Have a look at their website and associated Facebook page through http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org
Gardenvisit. This is a tourist website with an ever-growing number of profiles of gardens around the world, many provided by tourists and visitors. I’ve added a brief profile of the Parque de Malaga to this site. Worth a look at http://www.gardenvisit.com
Palmasur. http://www.palmasur.com A company that specialises in palms, but this site does have a wealth of other information and interesting features on garden art and history.
LOCAL HORTICULTURAL TOURISM IDEAS
If you are visiting Malaga, even for a short break, there are several places of horticultural interest which can be visited – maybe alongside a trip to the Parque. I’ll add as many to this site as possible as I find them…..
El Jardin de la Concepcion. This is a “must see” place. A stunning botanic garden, one of the best in Spain, a few miles outside Malaga city. For a long time it was a privately owned estate, acknowledged in its role for donating specimens to the original Parque de Malaga project, but now it is run through Malaga Council, and by its members and supporters. It seems to be constantly under development and new sections appear every time one visits. The website contains lots of useful links http://www.amigosconcepcion.org .
El Cementerio Ingles (The English Cemetary). Well worth a visit…Just a few hundred metres from the eastern end of the Parque de Malaga. http://www.cementerioinglesmalaga.org Check the website for opening times.
The University of Malaga (UMA) Botanic Garden. This is actually a little known place – even to the tourism office ! (Or at least it was on my first visit in 2011 and, to be fair, it was a new place then). A total contrast to the “La Concepcion” garden in the hills above Malaga, this is located in the very urban setting of the UMA’s grounds just a short bus ride away from the city centre, but it is nonetheless a very neat, well designed and well laid out formal garden with some interesting specimens and seasonal displays. The beds are laid out according to botanical families, with other themed or geographical-linked planted areas. Have a look at the website at http://www.jardinbotanico.uma.es