The reason for the development of these gardens was to gather plants that have been useful to the inhabitants of the village throughout the last few centuries, whether they be for food, curative uses, basket making, footwear, silk industry (which reached its peak in the Muslim era) or for paper or perfumes etc..
This a small sample of what the garden offers:
- Grass for weaving: this had multiple and ancestral uses, footwear, panniers for horses and moulds used in cheese making.
- Sugar cane: Used for honey but without the use of bees or sugar, hydraulic devices and waterfalls were used for its processing, today and inseparable part of our rural and urban landscape.
- Palm Heart: (the only indigenous palm on the peninsula) heavily used for basket making, ceretes (suitable packaging for dried figs, this arrived during the Muslim period and was exported to Egypt where they were appreciated and used the most)
- Olive Trees: Its olive and olive oil production has its obvious use however, it was also used to fill candiles, like candle holders, this was used for centuries, as well as its wood being used for making furniture etc..
- Indigenous medicinal plants: thyme, rosemary,oregano and rue, also known as “Herb of Grace”
The garden is adapted to the traditional topography of the land, totally integrated to its environment with hardly anything being artificial.
In time this garden will be enriched with new species and the actual plants will offer shade, flowers and fruits, so that both locals and visitors to Frigiliana can be witness to the benefits that these plants and trees have given us throughout history.
The botanical garden was inaugurated in 2010 and is accessed via avda. Carlos Cano, and more recently via two other entrances in the historic quarter, one by the Callejon del Agua and the other via La Huerta.
The gardens also boast a petanque court where both residents and visitors alike can practice and enjoy this sport.