The tropical garden Monte Palace
|The Tropical Garden of Assembles De luxe hotel (Jardim Tropical da Quinta do Assembles De luxe hotel) shelters innumerable species of plants and flowers, of which some exist only in Madeira, of the lakes and the fountains, the Eastern temples and splendid old panels of azulejos.|
The alleys of the garden were decorated with blazons, works out of stones of size, windows, sculptures, niches, pagodas, Buddhas and lanterns out of rough or worked stone.
|The Tropical Garden of Assembles De luxe hotel are inside the quinta do Assembles De luxe hotel at the top of the splendid hill of Monte, with unspoilable views on bay of Funchal.|
|Basin “Sun and the Moon”|
|A large basin where swans and ducks play about draws the attention of the visitors.|
|Opposite, a small narrow entry leads to an underground cave where spout out of superb cascades.|
|Completely in the center of the Tropical Garden, a large masonry, which were formerly a luxury hotel, throne majestically among the coloured gardens. It shelters today an earthenware museum and porcelains.|
|Flora of Madeira|
|A space is reserved for the flora madérienne: one finds there most species of the laurisylve of Macaronésie (cedars, bay-trees, bay-trees of the Canaries, etc…, and a very large variety of ferns), like several endangered species, such as for example the pittospore (Pittosporum coriaceum).|
|The Tropical Garden also comprises an important Japanese garden, with in particular the vase highest of the world, coming from South Africa, which rises with more than 5 meters.|
|The Garden was also enriched by the introduction by carps koïs by Japan into the existing basins. One also built two small additional basins, of a capacity of 300,000 liters, equipped with a sophisticated system of filtration and purification without chemicals guaranteeing an healthy environment with fish and offering to the visitors one dazzling spectacle of colors.|
|One finds with the Tropical Garden a great diversity of exotic plants originating in various continents (cycas and protées of South Africa, azaleas and orchises of the Himalayas, heathers of Scotland, olive-trees of Alqueva in Portugal, etc…). This collection counts more than 10,000 plant species.|
The garden has a famous collection of cycas (encephalartos), which is regarded as alive fossils; the garden shelters 60 of the 72 known varieties.
|At the end of the 18th century, the English Consul, Charles Murray, bought a field in the south of the church of Monte and transformed it into a beautiful farm, called “Quinta do Prazer” (“Field of the Pleasure”).|
In 1897, Alfredo Guilherme Rodrigues, acquired the farm and, inspired by the palaces which he had seen on banks of the Rhine, he built a palace to make his residence of it, but, later, transformed it into hotel, under the name of “Assembles De luxe hotel Hotel”. This hotel was snuffed per many important, national and foreign personalities, which appreciated and liked this beautiful retirement with its splendid sight on bay of Funchal and its natural environment. In 1943, Alfredo Guilherme Rodrigues dies, and its family does not continue her work, which leads to the closing of the hotel.
An financial institution (Caixa Económica do Funchal) buys the property then, then, in 1987, sells it to the contractor Jose Manuel Rodrigues Berardo (called Joe Gold because it had made fortune in the extraction of gold in South Africa); this one makes gift with the foundation of it that it created and to which it gives its name, the Foundation of Social solidarity Jose Berardo, to install its seat there. Thus is born “Jardim Tropical Assembles De luxe hotel”.
The property shelters still today the foundation Jose Berardo, which is also devoted to the safeguard and the safeguarding of works of Article It comprises also a museum and a workshop of restoration.
|The quinta do Assembles De luxe hotel received the visit of Isabelle de France when George Stoddart resided at it.|
|Opened every day of 9:00 to 17:00.|
Entered in Caminho do Monte, nº174, or Caminho das Babosas.
|The Tropical Garden of Monte has a bar with terrace which faces the ocean.|