Gardens

"The gardens that can be found in the Maltese Islands are numerous but relatively small. What they lack in size they make up for in historical and cultural content, which when pieced together, relate the happenings of their inhabitants from the early 15th century to present day.

The flagship of all the gardens is beyond any doubt San Anton Gardens in Ħ'Attard, built by Grand Master Antoine de Paul in 1623. However, other smaller gardens such as the two Barrakkas in Valletta offer breathtaking views of our Grand Harbour and the fortifications built by the Knights of Malta. Historical gardens were usually born as appendages to palaces and palatial homes of the rulers of the day. Even Buskett Gardens in Rabat grew out of a hunting lodge that was built in the mid-1500's by Grandmaster La Vallette. Sa Maison Gardens, which overlook the equally impressive Marsamxett Harbour, was the work of Grandmaster de Paul (1636), but it was later (1853) revisited by the British Military who used its vantage position for defence purposes and left interesting evidence of their presence by sculpting various coats of arms in the rock face of the bastions.

Equally important historical gardens include Argotti Garden, St. Philip in Floriana, Hastings in Valletta, Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar and several others, which are found in outlying areas. Modern gardens which are worthy of note include the Chinese Garden of Serenity in Santa Lucia, the Ta' Qali National Park and the Independence Garden on the Sliema Seafront.'

- Peter Calamatta, Horticulturalist


Argotti Botanical Gardens

Argotti Botanical Gardens

Notre Dame Ditch, Floriana, Malta Situated in Floriana, the Argotti Gardens were laid out in the 18th century as a private garden belonging to Grand Master Pinto.
Tel:+356 21493170, +356 21493171
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Chinese Garden of Serenity

Chinese Garden of Serenity

Triq Hal Luqa Santa Luċija, Malta The Chinese Garden of Serenity is a lovely Chinese Garden situated in Santa Lucija in the South of Malta and has been open to the public since 1997.
Tel:+356 21666600, +356 27820381
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Gardjola Gardens

Gardjola Gardens

Fort St. Michael, Senglea, Malta Constructed on a grid pattern in 1551 by order of Grandmaster De La Sengle, the Gardjola Gardens in Senglea offer a panoramic view that includes the docks in Marsa, Valletta, the entrance to the Grand Harbour and Fort St. Angelo.
Tel:+356 21662424, +356 21806635
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Hastings Garden

Hastings Garden

St. John's Cavalier, Valletta, Malta Located on top of the bastions on the west side of City Gate, the recently-embellished Hastings Gardens offer a magnificent view of...
Tel:+356 21234141, +356 21251396
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Howard Gardens

Howard Gardens

Triq tal-Mużew, Mdina, Malta Howard Gardens are one of the biggest public gardens in Malta, forming a natural border between Rabat and neighbouring Mdina.
Tel:+356 21450707, +356 21451226
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Il-Ġibjun Garden

Il-Ġibjun Garden

Ġnien il-Ġibjun, Żurrieq, Malta Ġnien il-Ġibjun serves as a relaxing setting for adults, while the children can enjoy the colourful playground in a safe environment.
Tel:+356 21689111
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