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“Nice Gardens, but others are better”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Palheiro Gardens

Palheiro Gardens
Ranked #8 of 143 things to do in Funchal
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Owner description: The gardens at "Quinta do Palheiro" are famous not only for the variety of plants that grow there but for the beauty of their setting in the hills to the east of Funchal, the capital of Madeira. Madeira has long been called the "Garden Isle" and it seems that almost anything will grow in its fertile soil.The Palheiro gardens are situated at about 500 meters above sea level and were started in 1801 by the original owner the Conde de Carvalhal. He introduced Camellias to the Island, hence our vast collection. The gardens, some 14 hectares (with about 650 species of plants),include the Camellia avenue, Main Garden, Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Long Border and the Ladies' Garden where you find the tea house. There is also the Ribeiro do Inferno, a deep valley with treeferns and indigenous plants.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Nice Gardens, but others are better”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

First of all, I want to say that these are beautiful gardens. They have a lot of color and much nice flora. But overall, they did not seem to be manicured as well, or organized as well, or as sizable as the other major gardens around Funchal. Despite this, it is a nice place to spend part of a day enjoying the gardens and the views.

If you have only a short time in Madeira to visit gardens... Then the Monte Palace Gardens should be at the top of the list... Second would be the Botanical Gardens... and the Palheiro Gardens would place third.

And if you love orchids... Then Quinta da Boa Vista Gardens should be at the top of your list.

But to tell the truth... You cannot go wrong visiting any of these gardens in Madeira. They are all wonderful.

Visited February 2013
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“Uninspiring and over-priced in winter”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Others have commented on the high entrance fees and truly the expense is not worth during the winter months. Far better to take the bus to Canico and visit the marvellous, extensive and entirely free gardens of the well-named Quinta Splendida which even in December had plenty of blooms to admire. The gardens overlook the sea and there is a nice bar serving light refreshments within. The Quinta is a hotel and 'Wellness Centre' catering mainly to a German clientele.

Visited December 2012
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“Great garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

We liked this best of the Funchal area gardens that we visited. Not particularly for the variety of plants, but because what they do do they do really nicely, and it looks beautiful. And the tea room was very reasonable.

Visited January 2013
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Beautifully maintained garden with a stunning range of plants and birds.The tea room is in a lovely location and the food and drinks of a very high standard.

Visited January 2013
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Salcombe, United Kingdom
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“Not as good as many of the gardens in England”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

Designed to be a home-from-home English garden by the Blandys it now seems to fall short of what we have come to expect in the UK (e.g. many National Trust gardens) but the presence of Proteas and other cold intolerant plants no doubt makes it well worth visiting earlier or later in the year (i.e. not December).

Beware of the poor bus service (very poor on Sundays) - one can walk 10 minutes down the hill to get an alternative bus back though.

Visited December 2012
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