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IT'S AUTUMN AT THE GARDEN

TIEMPO DE BAYAS Y HOJAS CAIDAS

LIVE PLANTS | Useful plants

Spread throughout the Garden and grouped together according to their use and cultivation, we can find different collections of useful plants. The medicinal plants are placed on the northern edge of the garden, in a square bed inspired on the conventional convent cloisters where they were originally grown. Above all, those typical of Valencian ethno-botanical use are grown, like red and common valerian, which have calming effects; those with disinfectant properties, like rosemary, thyme or sage and, the ones used for stomach complaints, like mint or camomile. There is also a spot reserved for the poisonous plants used in phytotherapy: oleander, laurustinus or the common fern. Growing in the centre of the Garden are useful plants of industrial use: cereals, legumes, soy, cotton, tiger nuts or sugar cane, which vary according to the time of the years or teaching requirements.

On the southern edge of the Garden we can see specimens of the typical fruit trees to be found in the huerta and the inland Valencian regions: peach, almond, pomegranate fig; and also exotic ones like the kiwi, mango or pistachio. Among the plants grown in the huerta, which change according to the season, there are different varieties of cabbage, aubergine, water-melon, broad-beans, lettuces and artichoke. Also, there is an area measuring 300 square metres2 growing citrus: oranges, grapefruits, mandarins, lemons; and in the Plaza de Carlos Pau there is also an exhibition of these specimens.