I have numbered the close up photos of cactuses in case anyone wants to email me their cactus names, and then I can add them to each caption for the benefit of others. Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have heard the lunch was delicious and that the new owners have much improved the gardens and it is well worth a visit.
I have integrated the additional reports and photos into this report do that we have all of the information in one place.
If you missed the visit (as I did) here's where to find out more information about the gardens.
Casarbonela Cacti and Succulent Botantical gardens
Jane Kirk has sent us a report and various photos which are included in the report below. Thanks Jane.
And I have also added some photos sent in my Bernard, thanks Bernard.
And Greg Starr has also written a report. I have combined them all in the report below:
Greg reports that twenty four members met at the tourist office in Competa for a prompt 9.00 start. At 9.15 the coach arrived, (hoorah) and everyone boarded. We were warned by Cindy, not sing any songs with rude lyrics, so no songs were sung at all. Jane comments that the coach had one of the best drivers she'd ever seen on a coach!
Stopping at various points along the way to give information and to answer a number of questions, we continued through the greenhouse viewing the 800 or so different varieties of cactus from all parts of the world. A very impressive collection. We completed the tour at the plant sales area, where some members bought from a range of plants that were available.
Next up was a tapas lunch provided by our hosts with a drink included in the price. Everyone enjoyed the five or six different dishes, washed down by a drink, in the shaded restaurant area. Cindy then asked our hosts to draw the raffle ticket, for the prize of a €20 voucher to spend at the garden. This was won by Bernard.
Greg gave a vote of thanks to our hosts for a wonderful tour and a lovely lunch, and also, a big thank you to Cindy for organising this very successful day.
On the way home, the Garden Centre had organised a detour to a local garden for us to see some of the cactus plants seen at the Centre, in a garden setting. The coach was unable to drive right to the house, which meant the members had to walk some distance to the garden. A heart felt appreciation to Gill Jordon, who had travelled independantly to Casarabonela, for giving those unable to walk the distance, a lift in her car, from and back to the coach. The garden, known as The Grass Garden, had been visited by the club some three or four years ago. So was nice to see it again.
Back to the coach and on to Competa, arriving at around 5.00, completing a long but satisfying day. Many thanks to Cindy for organising the day, and to all members attending for making it such a success.
Jane adds that attendees were greeted by the new pond/lake (new as it wasn't there when AGC went 2 years ago). The water was full of a large variety of huge very healthy fish.
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