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Madiera Botanical Gardens worth visiting?

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Madiera Botanical Gardens worth visiting?

We are considering visiting the Madiera Botanical Gardens. in April.

other posts on this site mention it is not in good shape. unkempt, damaged due to fires and this winter's storm, no birds or animals, no labels on plants..

Please help us decide.

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1. Re: Madiera Botanical Gardens worth visiting?

I am glad you have asked this as returning for our9th time early April. Never been to the botanical gardens was thinking of visiting this time.

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Husband is a keen gardener so a little disappointed, although we did enjoy the stroll and not too expensive.

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Personally I would never visit these gardens again. They used to have a collection of birds that were kept in appalling conditions.

Also at Monte are the superb Tropical Gardens. I try to visit them on every visit. I also enjoyed Palheiro Gardens a few years ago. Lastly there's a small but jam-packed Municipal garden right in the centre of Funchal with many excellent specimens, many of which have botanical labels.

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5. Re: Madiera Botanical Gardens worth visiting?

Here are the reviews of the Botanical gardens, some quite recent.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie…

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We visited both last week. We first went to monte and there were only few flowers and all in bad shape because of storm. We were bit disappointed so we went another day to Jardims Botanical. We liked it much more. It had more flowers and in good shape, but Bothanical birds section was closed.

I think both are good maybe one month later in april when more flowers are blooming.

We went to Monte by cable car. It cost a lot more than going to botanical by bus line number 31 or 31a.

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We went last week and there were some areas of planting that had been damaged by the severe weather e.g. the floral 'pattern' that you see in all the literature about the garden had a number of 'bald' patches. There were also a couple of areas roped off, where there had been land slips. The aviary area was closed.

That said, for 5.50 euros we thought it well worth a visit.

As with any garden, try to visit on a sunny day.

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9. Re: Madiera Botanical Gardens worth visiting?

Thanks Phil,haven't read the reviews but lots of people do mix the two. They were supposed to be redesigned after the fires but not much progress.

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It was repórted in the news quite some time ago that the Botanical Gardens were going to be renovated and revamped, with a proposed increase in admission fees, but with a free entrance scheme for residents. No date for this work was announced, but I wonder if there is a reductiion in the maintenance of these gardens in advance of this work, and this is partly the cause of the disappointment expressed by some visitors. Plus of course the damage caused by fire and extreme weather conditions.

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