If you are a nature and plant-lover, the Orchid Garden is a place not to be missed. This is not a common garden, as the plants are in the most natural environment possible. In this space, you will find everything from unique plants to orchids of the most varied sizes and species. In total, there are more than 50 thousand plants.
The family responsible for this garden — the Pregetter family — is of Austrian origin, from the days of the monarchy and the emperors. This family, currently in its fourth generation, is dedicated to research and to the creation of new plant species. Creating this garden in Madeira, a natural space that gently welcomes orchids and other varieties of exotic plants from all continents, was the fulfilment of a dream of this family. Thanks to all the lab work, all year long there are plants in bloom!
In 2010, the Pregetters created precisely the Josef Pregetter Foundation to work with universities, botanical gardens and other institutions of the same branch, with the aim of developing research and protecting orchids from extinction.
Our recommendation: Definitely worth a visit!
Address: Rua Pita da Silva, 37, Funchal
Hours: Every day from 9.00 to 18:00 h, including public holidays (except December 25)
Please note that due to the large fire that occurred in Funchal in August 2016, this garden suffered substantial losses and is therefore temporarily closed.