A total of 17 readers took part in a visit with the Fethiye Times Gardening Club this week to the Palm Centre, Koycegiz.

The Gardening Club’s November meeting took the form of a trip to Koycegiz to visit the excellent Palm Centre (see www.palmiyemerkezi.com).

The Centre lies on 20 acres of land bordering the lake at Koycegiz which, over the past twelve years, has been transformed into a plant paradise.  The owner, Dr Ragip Esener, became interested in palms during his medical career in Africa.  On return to Turkey he bought the land in Koycegiz to specifically focus on growing palms, to introduce new palm species to Turkey and publicize the only endemic Turkish palm – the Datca Date Palm. 

Nowadays the palms have been joined by a host of other species, especially cactus, succulents and water lilies but also including a range of garden perennials not found anywhere else in our region.   Most of the plants can be bought and koi carp are also on sale at the Centre.

Of the 17 people who took part in the visit, 14 had never been to the Centre before and they were clearly overwhelmed by the range of plants and trees on show.  Those of us who had visited previously were amazed at developments over the past few months which have seen completion of the cactus and succulent house and visitor facilities. 

The Centre is open 1st June – 31st October but you can visit at any other time by appointment.  Telephone: 0252 262 2892 or e-mail palmiyemerkezi@tt.net.tr.

The Palm Centre is unique in our region and well worth a visit.  Definitely a place to take visitors from UK and such a refreshing change from the downtown plant sellers in Fethiye.