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Borda Gardens (Jardin Borda)

Morelos Avenue, Cuernavaca, Mexico
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Ranked #8 of 14 attractions in Cuernavaca
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
Description: These large 18th-century gardens were once visited by Emperor Maximilian.
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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

These formal gardens were established by the Emperor Maximilian and Empress Carlota next to their retreat in Cuernavaca. However, they are sadly neglected. Worth a visit because of their proximity to the Cathedral and the Zocalo.

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Seattle
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Just steps from the main town square, this garden is an oasis. Not perfectly trimmed, but human scaled and lush. As it happened, I struck up a conversation with one of Cuernevaca's poets (74 years old, 12 books to his name), swapped songs and heard the history of the gardens. Be open to what and who is around you!

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Mexico DF
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This is a good place for a stroll, there are also some exhibitions; the place could use more maintenance but simply imagining it in its prime takes your breath away, particularly the auditorium with the small canal. There's a good variety of trees although flowers were scarce when we went, we still managed some great photos. It's also interesting to... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The gardens are lacking up keep and not as nice as most gardens in Cuernavaca, it's a shame it's gone down hill so much.

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seattle
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Very large historic gardens with water features and a large pond. Also an art display in several rooms. Very worth seeing.

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Ladysmith, B.C.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We visited Jardin Borda three times while in Cuernavaca. The park has so much potential, the old growth trees, the fountains, the history and the original architecture all could make this a wonderful spot to visit and relax. The current renovations and archeological work in progress do add to the interest but the main feature of the site, the garden,... More

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Las Vegas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Spent the afternoon at Borda Gardens. It is a very quiet place with a lot to see. Unfortunately as several other reviewers pointed out, it is in need of repair. But if you are in Cuernavaca and want to see a pretty place, this is a must see.

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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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116 reviews 116 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

This is a quiet tranquil place in a busy city. It was probably gorgeous in its day but while they try to keep it up, the fountains don't fount and there are not a lot of flowers. It is worth visiting for the art galleries which are nice and to just walk around.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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138 reviews 138 reviews
82 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This garden is a nice sanctuary from the heat and noise of a busy urban area. There are fountains, flowers, wandering pathways and a small man-made pond for row-boating with your sweetheart. The air is noticeably cooler and as you walk deeper into the garden and find a nice quiet bench to relax near a fountain. Bring a good book... More

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portland, or
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Once upon a time, this garden was undoubtedly gorgeous. Unfortunately, the maintenance is virtually nil and apparently has been for some time. Not only have the plants been neglected but the hard surfaces are crumbling and cracking. For those who love historical nostalgia, this will be a hit. Or if you like getting into things for free (if they charged... More

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