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HISTORY | THE UNFINISHED PROJECT: THE ALAMEDA GARDEN

During the 18th century, Botany took a change in direction, stemming from expeditions to unknown lands under the reign of Carlos III, the discovery of new plants as well as a growing interest in developing natural and agricultural sciences. The concept of a Botanic Garden also changed, and was conceived as a space in which all kinds of plants should be grown and studied, not just medicinal plants. The University sought a place for the new garden in Valencia. The Chancellor Demetrio Lorés proposed situating it in the Alameda in 1757, but this proposal had to wait three decades to be accepted.

In 1787, with a new curriculum drawn up by the Chancellor Vicente Blasco, university studies underwent modernisation and the importance of having a botanic garden to study botany was stressed. The Real Societat Econòmica d’Amics del País Valencià supported its creation and at the end of the century the city of Valencia yielded lands in the Alameda. In the end, the project was never carried out, due to the disagreements that arose concerning the management of the garden, between the Reial Societat Econòmica and the University, as well as the bad quality of the land and the protests of citizens who wanted to continue using the area for walks and recreational purposes.