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Christine M wrote a review Mar 2020
Velez Blanco, Spain94 contributions110 helpful votes
We live an hour and a half away from here, but make the journey regularly. It is mainly a specialist seller of succulents and cacti, plus other xeric type plants and trees. However they also show beautiful avant garde stone statues you won’t find anywhere else. There is a lot of land here, and it has been sectioned off into different types of styles of landscapes. There’s an area to meander through ancient olive trees that are stupendously planted at least 60 cm’s higher than the path we walk on, in dappled shade. Fascinating idea. Plus another area has various water pools fashioned from concrete, and so on. The wonderful sample plantings of agaves, aeoniums, a. Haworthii’s, etc etc are all sensitively placed and without fail get me spending in order to take home the latest plants I’ve fallen in love with. They have a good selection of pots, too and if you need a particular plant potted up in a new pot, they will do it for you, using the correct porous medium. The last time we visited we were walking quietly across the land, looking down into the cañada before us when three baby ibex (a type of goat) walked out in front of us followed by four adults. They look more like deer than goats, I’ve always thought. Beautiful things. They were aware of us but kept walking or trotting slowly, climbing up the rocks and inclines until they disappeared some few minutes later, quite unconcerned. Wonderful! What a spot to go searching for plants, as well as commune with nature. I bought a desert cactus (huge thing, so pleased with it) and several large pots, plus various big succulent specimens to further widen my collection. The guys here are very knowledgable and full of information about their plants and care so it’s a pleasure to chat to lovely people and gain practical help at the same time. We’ve been to a few music gigs here, too. Great layout, different types of music and food too. Ask to go on their mailing list and you’ll then receive emails to find out when their music events are. Forget how much it is, but it’s super-cheap. If you’re interested in Mediterranean gardening, do go along and have a good look around. I read a good review on it in the Financial Times a while ago so google for that to find out their London gardening journalist’s viewpoint, too. Enjoy!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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sks161 wrote a review Feb 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom54 contributions20 helpful votes
We discovered Cactus Nijar by accident and looking around the beautifully laid out free exhibition of Cacti we spotted a notice for the concert on the 9th Feb. The featured group was the 'Pepe Ibarra Trio', great mix of light jazz with some easily recognisable songs. The atmosphere was great and the event well attended. Entrance was €3 pp and there was a good supply of tapas style foods at €1 per item, as well as wines and beers. Seating is plentiful with some chairs and more bench type seats. We were blessed with warm bright sunshine and as facing the group meant facing the sun, hat and sunglasses are a must. This was well organised if not well advertised and definitely worth looking out for as I think these may be monthly events. Frustratingly there are an increasing number of people who take no account of an individuals' privacy and think nothing of filming the audience as well as the performing group on their mobile phones. I, for one, closed my social media accounts so as not to engage with the lack of privacy of these programs, so i would appeal to the organisers to look at how this problem may be addressed for the best way to respect everyones wishes. Unfortunately we were sitting in front of a group of Brits who were there to socialise and not to enjoy the music but we tried not to let them spoil what was otherwise a very enjoyable afternoon. Also, give yourself time to walk around the Cactus garden, its lovely to just sit and see.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Alphonso M wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom75 contributions61 helpful votes
It’s not all about cacti but what’s here will certainly fulfil your wildest desires. It’s beautifully laid out, generously spaced and the setting is stunning. Other succulents abound here too. And you can buy them. I’ve seen specimens in botanic gardens and speciality shows elsewhere but the scale of this exquisite gem of a collection makes it a mandatory destination. Plan your pilgrimage today.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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nirmal s wrote a review Aug 2019
Knebworth, United Kingdom25 contributions12 helpful votes
We heard of this place and were lucky to visit it as we were staying in Nijar ..it was 15-20 mins from our accommodation. Not hard to find , the place is really clean and has varieties of Cactuses 🌵..looked after really well ..
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Ian C wrote a review Jul 2019
Los Carrascos219 contributions47 helpful votes
We visit regularly excellent range of cacti and containers.The vista and the planted area chain ges everytime we visit,truly exceptional
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Date of experience: July 2019
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