Canarian Garden Tafira Alta, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria In the 1950s the Swedish botanist, Eric Ragnor Sventenius proposed building a garden on the island which would display the vast botanic richness from all seven of the Canary Islands. His dream and plan were accepted and the garden was opened to the public in 1959. The garden was officially named "Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo" in honour of the 18th century Canarian naturalist José de Viera y Clavijo. In 1974, the garden also became a centre for conservation and investigation aimed at protecting endangered species and today, you can see some of most unique species on the island which are preserved in this garden. Gran Canaria Travel Guide Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.