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“Great garden!”
5 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.
Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great garden!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

This garden should not be missed and is well worth a visit in addition to the botanical garden and the monte tropical garden.

Visited April 2013
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“Gardens and birdlife”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Well laid out gardens with excellent path layout with the added bonus of a very varied amount of birds from Buzzards to goldcrests,

Visited January 2013
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“Stunning gardens and views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

We went on an exciting bus journey to these gardens, and when we eventually got there, were blown away by their beauty and lay-out. The very bad fires earlier in the year had clearly left their mark in the shelter belt all around, and must have been very worrying - they had reached quite far in and the house and the rest of the garden had clearly been under threat. It had the personal touch, compared to the Botanic Gardens, and the various owners' different interests were clear; the proteas in particular were amazing. Interesting, well-labelled and well-maintained - definitely worth the journey.

Visited October 2012
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

The gardens are varied and interesting with a small cafe in one corner. From here it is possible to walk across the golf course to the club house which serves an excellent menu and you can dine outside overlooking Funchal and the harbour.

Visited February 2013
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“Spend an afternoon here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

We shared a taxi to get here since the bus timetable was a bit hard to follow. On the driver's recommendation we only spent two hours here and it was probably long enough as the gardens are not huge. They are extremely interesting - many plants being a mystery to us northern Brits. Intersting topiary. Camelias of every colour . We saw frogs in the pond. Arum lilies flowering .......in January ! The driver waved his hand and said they grow wild here! Nice coffee house.

Visited January 2013
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