We spent about 3 hours touring the gardens on a very hot day early in September. The part of the gardens surrounding the house and stables are absolutely fantastic. An abundance of mature trees, ferns, palms and banana trees, along with numerous waterways, fountains and ponds provided and oasis from the heat. There is a regular tourist bus that runs directly from the bus station to the gardens saving the walk to and from the number 2 bus. Make a point of visiting the cafe, excellent food and refreshing juices.