Pamplemousses Garden
A dream garden for an explorer’s mind. Considered as one of the oldest tropical gardens in the world, Pamplemousses Garden reflects the natural evolution and history of Mauritius.
Passing through the wrought iron gate, which won a prize in 1862 at the Crystal Palace International in England, you set foot in the main avenue lined with high latania palms. Here, tropical exuberance prevails: royal palms, lilies, colourful vines extend everywhere.
Further on, adult talipot palms wait for a once-a-lifetime bloom before dying. As for water pieces, do not miss the giant Amazonian water lily whose largest leaves are said to carry the weight of a child, or the ponds of Asian lotus and the "Grand Bassin" dotted with islets that form a natural bird sanctuary.
Pamplemousses Garden, officially renamed Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, plays the role of botanical and horticultural conservatory, inherited from its history. Under the French occupation, it was a vegetable garden and then a nursery for the acclimatization of pepper from Mahé, cinnamon from Malabar or cassava from Brazil. Pierre Poivre, intendant of the island, imported nutmeg, cloves and other rare plants.
The garden paths are home still to many orchids and ferns, herbs, rare spices and as many as 80 species of tropical palm trees.
The garden is managed by a Trust that has established partnerships with international botanical institutions, in order to fulfil its goals towards propagation of endemic species and conservation of rare plants from Mascarene.