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Madeira Fire

15 September 2016 12:37:16

I know I have posted about this subject before but I have since made an appeal video so would like to post it here.

The Jardim Orquídea in Funchal dates back 110 years and had been maintained over four generations of the Pregetter family. It was considered to be one of the largest private collections in the world, with many of the specimens extinct elsewhere. Only 2,000 plants are thought to be recoverable and the future of the garden remains uncertain.

110 Year Old Orchid Garden Burnt To The Ground - Jardim Orquídea, Madeira - YouTube

An appeal to raise £50,000 to assist the restoration of Jardim Orquídea is in place. If you would like to help by making a donation, please visit the garden website at...

Jardim Orquídea - how to donate

Thank you.


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PCON PCON 16 September 2016 23:44:25

Hello Rachel. I did hear about the fire in Madeira, but did not know it had hit the Orchid gardens. Do you know if it also hit the nearby botanic gardens? I'm not really an Orchid fan like you, because I find them much too difficult and demanding. They seem to go on forever, but never to flower. As you know, I have been to Madeira many times, because I have a vacation club membership at the Royal Savoy, one of the best hotels on the island. I generally go every year in September. Not going this year because we have given our week to our son and his wife. Might go next year, but really getting a bit old for travelling, and it is a difficult place to get to. I might be thinking of selling it after that, because it is good until 2032. I believe they have started to rebuild the old Savoy, which was demolished a few years ago. I liked your previous video about Monte gardens.


Rachel Rachel 18 September 2016 10:44:12

Hello Peter. The fire was a travesty. I am not sure how much it affected the Botanic Gardens but I know they reopened for business not long afterwards so I imgine, not too much. It is hard to get inofrmation. Probably because the reports are in Portuguese. I know that Quinta das Cruzes, which is also a museum, was damaged. At least the outside was so that means the garden!
I am sorry that you are thinking of no longer travelling to Madeira but I hope you will find other interesting places to visit instead. I adored the place, as you know.

Thank you for watching and your comments.


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