THE region’s first ‘edible garden’ has opened in the grounds of the Buchiger Clinic.

Landscape gardener Beatrice S de Perlac constructed a new building, Villa Maria, and filled it with fruit trees and plants which are known for their healing properties.

The gardener said the plants chosen for the garden feel comfortable in this weather, and require little maintainance.

The garden includes orange, mango, fig, banana and almond trees, while strawberry, basil, sugar cane and lychees are also planted in the soil.

Beatrice said: “People are becoming more aware of the planet and nature, and the importance it plays in our lives, not only for its beautiful landscapes but also for our health.”