Madeira has been full of long drives; up and down mountains; twists and turns; steep cliffs; and I’m starting to miss the consistent roads of London – you can tell I’m a true city-kid through and through.
It was actually on the drive up to the Botanical Gardens that we noticed a sign for the ‘Orchid Gardens’ which of-course caught Grandmas eyes. We followed the signs and began venturing down winding residential roads, and there to our right hand side with a small shopfront-like exterior was the Orchid Gardens. This place is significantly smaller than the botanical gardens, however it does hold a charm about it that makes you want to explore further.
Upon entering, you are greeting with a long counter with an array of images of Orchids, from which you can buy bulbs to plant at home – Grandma used this opportunity to buy almost every orchid they had available. I took this opportunity to say hello to their resident cat – what a cutie, aye!?
The Gardens are a delightful place to wander around and get lost amongst the jungle-like nature of the place; full of overgrown bushes, hiding the most exotic orchids you have ever seen. Grandma was very much in her element here; she ensured I was close-by, ordering me to take photos of Orchids she liked so we could purchase them at the shop on our return. This was all said in her broken-English, and my bash at basic-Portuguese (which seemed to come out in a strong French accent?) – this must of been a hilarious sight for passers-by.
I could hear my Mum’s voice in my head, telling me to get some family photo’s for the album, and as you can see here the kids are having a great time!! This photo was certainly not forced..
The gardens are a delightful gem which we all agreed were worth recommending as it does hold such a enchanted charm about it. However at a €5 entry-fee it may be best for avid Orchid fans. I think we found our true Botanical Gardens of Madeira.
With Kindest Regards,