Dr. Thomas Heller, author of the recent illustrated book ' Agaven', regularly visits the mediterranean coast of France and Italy with his camera. The area boasts a number of excellent venues for succulent enthusiasts, apart from many agaves and other succulents having adopted this area as a new habitat. Thus many fine specimens can be seen by the roadside and in parks and both private and public gardens. There are also quite a few nurseries around with a large variety of plants for sale. On the Italian side of the border the highspot is the world famous Hanbury Gardens at La Mortola near Ventimiglia plus the Giardino Esotico Pallanca near Bordighera. The latter has excellent plants for sale as well as a spectacular setting for the show plants. On the French side there is another world famous and spectacular garden called 'Jardin Exotique' in Monaco with amazing views. There is a smaller but still spectacular exotic garden at Eze on the road to Nice, which itself has a large botanical garden boasting an extensive agave collection.
The Hanbury Villa at La Mortola Ag. antillarum Ag. asperrima Ag. atrovirens Ag. attenuata Ag. avellanidens Ag. bracteosa Ag. bracteosa f. variegata Ag. bovicornuta Ag. cantala Ag cerulata ssp. subcerulata Ag. chiapensis Ag. havardiana Ag. leopoldii Ag. decipiens Ag. kerchovei Ag. lophantha blue form Ag. lophatha f. variegata Ag. macroacantha verde Ag. margaritae Ag. marmorata Ag. mitis v. albidior Ag. multifilifera Ag. neomexicana Ag. neomexicana Ag. nigra Ag. ocahui v. longifolia . Ag. pedunculifera Ag. polianthiflora Ag. seemanniana Ag. stricta Ag. stricta . Ag. subsimplex Ag. ? warelliana ? chiapensis Ag. weberi Ag. xylonacantha
All photos on this page are the property of Dr. Thomas Heller.
For details of his book 'Agaven'
Gallery 1 Mixed agave photos plus photos from Ernst Woelfing
Gallery 2 Mixed agave photos
Gallery 3 and Gallery 4 .Photos from Julia Etter and Martin Kristen
Gallery 5 Photos from Gerhard Koehres
Gallery 6 Photos from Mountain States Nursery
Gallery 7 Photos from Liguria and Cote d'Azur from Dr. Thomas Heller
Gallery 8 Habitat photos from Mexico from Nick Macer plus Alexander Heim's garden near Athens
Gallery 9 Photos from the Hollygate Cactus Garden/Nursery, UK
Gallery 10 Photos from his exotic garden plus Mexican habitat photos from Paul Spracklin
Gallery 11 Habitat photos from Mexico & USA from Wim Alsemgeest
Gallery 12 Photos from Cactus Oasis, a succulent paradise in eastern Holland
Gallery 13 Photos from Kew Gardens, London
Gallery 14 Photos from Phillipe Faucon
Gallery 15 Habitat photos from Greg Starr
Gallery 16 Photos from the private collection of Ron Parker, Fountain Hills, AZ
Gallery 17 Mexican & USA habitat photos from Bertus Spee
Gallery 18 Photos from Michael Greulich.
Gallery19 Huntington Botanical Gardens photos by Michael Greulich
Gallery 20 UK National Agave Collection