Crete boasts a Botanical Garden, perched at the foot of White Mountain, overlooking a river and a broad valley, this 50 acre garden is a treasure – and we were there before everything was even in bloom. I can only imagine what it’s like in the middle of the summer!
|Bird of Paradise|
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The people here are so generous – the park wasn’t even open yet - winter storms had left so much of it requiring clean up. The owners, however, let us, and numerous other tourists, roam the tranquil paths, finding tiny delightful flowers pushing their way through the strewn leaves. We honestly found plants we’d never seen before and a great chance to take undisturbed pictures, or just sit and enjoy the peace.
Being located in a Mediterranean climate, the number of plants that can survive in the climate is amazing The path wound down through various regions with a fruit trees garden, herbs – medical and culinary with information, tropical garden, vineyards, and a variety of cherry trees!
There was one more unique plant we found...this one in a restaurant. While it has the looks of a cactus, further searching online has identified it as "Frilled Fan" and a member of a completely different family of plants. Had never seen anything like it.