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“Possibly wrong time of year ?”

Giardini Botanici Hanbury
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Ventimiglia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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232 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Possibly wrong time of year ?”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

We visited in September and possibly most flowers had gone over by then. The gardens are large and on a steep slope so this isn't a good stop for those with limited mobility. The Palazzo was quite attractive externally but not open to the public. The gardens run down to the sea but this isn't exploited by the management as you can only see it though the small gates ! Very large specimen list perhaps of more interest to major gardening buffs than the average tourist.

No parking so expect a long walk to the gate once you find somewhere to stop unless very lucky.

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice garden”
Reviewed 7 September 2013

Nice botanical garden, well kept, nice sight.
Worth a visit if you are in the area.Nice botanical garden, well kept, nice sight.
Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Visited August 2013
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Northern Ireland
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 6 September 2013

A lovely few hours spent here - probably not looking its best at the end of August but still very grand and for gardeners its a real treat. We took a picnic which we had on the terrace of the palace. Lovely.

Visited August 2013
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Toulouse
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“Not so special in high summer”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

We visited in August. If you are passionate about cactii, you'll enjoy it, but in the height of summer there is shortage of flowery interest for the non-specialist. Signage is poor. At the bottom of the gardens is a rather seedy restaurant run by sour staff. The toilets there are poorly maintained and best avoided by those of sensitive disposition.

Visited August 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Glorious Garden !”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

The vistas as one enters the Villa Hanbury property are stunning, and the blue/red signage leads the visitors all the way down the winding paths and then back up again. The collection of succulents, cacti and agave is magnificent. A few viewers here have commented negatively on the state of the garden. It was badly bombed in World War 2 and the Thomas Hanbury's daughter, Lady Dorothy Hanbury was forced to sell it to the Italian state because she could no longer afford the maintenance. Today, it is managed by the Univ. of Genoa, but I am sure there are resources constraints that only allow so much improvement at any one time in a 26 acre garden (the property is still bigger, but that is the size of the garden under cultivation). I agree with the comment below that the cafe at the bottom of the walk is a big missed opportunity - it was a very hot day and we were thankful for our Orangina, but it could be a wonderful spot for lunch/tea.

Visited July 2013
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