Caminho da Quinta do Palheiro
Description de l’événement WTD
To say something about our gardens it would be :
It was the Conde de Carvalhal who bought the Palheiro (which means Straw hut) estate in 1801. He built himself a Hunting lodge in the French style. A French landscape architect, pupil of André lê Notre laid out the, in those days 500 acres of land with long avenues, oak and plane trees. Lots of fruit trees and vines were planted.
The Count also started the Camellia collection. As he was a great friend of the King of Portugal at the time, he also got many trees from all over the world.
In 1885 John Burden Blandy, great grand father of my husband Adam,
bought the Quinta do Palheiro and built his own house here. And that is where we still live.
Over the years it has been the 'Blandy women' who have been tending the gardens which are 30 acres. The main garden below our house, the sunken garden, the Camellia forest, the lawns by the chapel and waterways. The long border and The ladies garden where we have a tea house.
It was my mother in law Mildred from South Africa who made the garden what it is today with the mass of plants she brought in from all over the world.
I have been the 'guardian' for nearly 40 years, making sure we don't loose anything important and replant when necessary and have a wonderful team of gardeners. We had a devastating fire in 2012 (see International Camellia Journal 2013) which took huge amount of our old Camellias. Luckily most of them have grown up again.
Our gardens are open 7 days a week from 09.00 – 17.00.
The entry fee is 10€.
Local bus nr 37 from Funchal, taxi or self drive.
I hope I'm contributing with something.