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 tree ferns and indigenous plants.