At the rear of the Torres del Allo is the manor house’s great garden. Of Baroque design, it was one of the favorite places of the Riobóo family, especially Víctor López Seoane, a famous naturalist who owned the manor between 1870 and 1900. The Allo garden must have been a central space in Seoane’s life, instrumental to his studies of ornithology and botany. It is here that he probably began to write one of his most ambitious projects: that of publishing the first Natural History of Galicia. More details about this stage of the Torres do Allo are in the section ‘Letters to Darwin.’
From this recreational garden dating from the 18th century, a large 20 meter tall Vancouver spruce stands today. A magnificent specimen of the North American conifer also known as the ‘giant fir.’ This manor tree is visible from several hundred meters away—likely a sought-after effect to highlight the social position of the inhabitants of the house even further. The plot of the Allo garden—by no means insignificant—is populated by many other plants and a large number of apple trees that make it a very pleasant place for a stroll.