The Madeira Botanical Garden is a scientific institution devoted to the study and conservation of the exceptionally rich flora and vegetation of the archipelagos of Madeira and Selvagens, but it is also a pleasant place to enjoy and get to know the diversity of the plant kingdom.
The garden holds an important collection of plants originating from different regions of the World, from the coldest taigas to the hottest deserts, not forgetting native plants from Madeira.
The collections of plants are organised according to their families, geographical distribution and practical use. Thus there are different collections, such as the collection of native plants from Madeira, the arboretum, the succulent plants, the choreographed gardens, the agro-industrial plants and the aromatic and medicinal plants, the topiaries, the cycads and the palm trees, as well as numerous plants cultivated in the green houses which make up the main areas.
The Botanical Garden, founded on April 30, 1960 by agronomist Rui Vieira, belongs to the Regional Government of Madeira; it covers an area of approximately 8 hectares and has an average of 330 000 visitors annually. It is located in Funchal, on the Quinta do Bom Sucesso or Quinta Reid, which dates back to the middle of the 19th century.