Geco Resort Garden

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The Geco Resort is a cosy hotel on the island of Favignana (Egadi Islands, Sicily). In addition to the exquisite friendliness of its owner, Antonio Palma, what makes it special is the beautiful garden that surrounds the apartments and the swimming pool. The garden was built by Antonio himself, with some help from “Vivaio Amato” nursery (formerly known as “Vivai Trinachia” nursery), with passion and refined taste; the green facility now serves as a link between the structure a nearby olive grove.

In the garden, soft grass carpets (Californian grass suitable for the local hot and dry climate) alternate with palm trees (Washinghtonia robusta, Phoenix dactylifera, Cocus australis, Chamaerops humilis), hedges of oleanders (Nerium oleander), Metrosiderus spp., several bird of paradise flowers (Strelitzia nicolai and S. reginae), agaves (Agave americana and Agave ferox), and many varieties of Aloe vera. There are also several specimens of Beucarnea phylifera and Beucarnea recurvata, Cycas revoluta, Dalisylirion, and Yucca elephanthipes; not ot mention hibiscus trees (Hibiscus rosa -sinensis) with fiery red flowers, ancient olive trees (Olea europea), a splendid Erythrina bewildii at the entrance to the property, and some Ficus benjamin, with their crown pruned in a square shape; some Ficus magnioloides and Ficus australis grow around the swimming pool, providing plenty of shade.

Among the other shrubs and small trees, there are some Mediterranean species including pomegranates (Punica granatum), myrtles (Myrtus communis tarentina), narrow-leaved mock privets (Phyllirea angustifolia), Japanese cheesewood (Pittosporum tobira), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis “Prostratus”), wonderful capers (Capparis sativa), variegated-leaf grevillea, Callistemon citrinus, West Indian lantanas (Lantana camara), jasmine (Plumbago auricolata), yellow oleandes (Thevethia peruviana), blue hibiscus (Alyogyne huegelii), junipers, cacti, and succulent plants such as Echinocactus grusonii, and Aeonium arborescens “Atropurpureum”.

Two raised tuff basins, host papyrus, as well as small white and yellow water lilies.

In the garden, many birds fly and sing (belonging both to sedentary and migratory species), including swallows, magpies, wood pigeons, turtledoves, hoopoes, spotted flycatchers and goldcrests.

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