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


Laparelli Garden

Laparelli Garden

Valletta Ditch, Valletta, Malta Laparelli Garden, named after the Italian architect who designed Valletta in 1566, is a public garden located in the ditch below Valletta’s City Gate bastions.
Tel:+356 22897304
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Lower Barracca Gardens

Lower Barracca Gardens

Xatt Il-Barriera, Valletta, Malta This garden perches on the bastion edge overlooking the entrance to Grand Harbour, commanding a superb viewpoint from the harbour mouth over to Fort Ricasoli, Bighi Palace, Fort St. Angelo and the creeks of Vittoriosa and Kalkara.
Tel:+356 21493170, +356 21493171
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Palazzo Parisio

Palazzo Parisio

29 Victory Square, Naxxar, NXR 1700, Malta Palazzo Parisio is an exceptionally large palazzo, testifying to the ambitions of a wealthy 19th century Maltese family.
Tel:+356 21412461
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Romeo Romano Gardens

Romeo Romano Gardens

Braille Street Santa Venera, Malta The gardens are a main attraction of Santa Venera dating back to the 18th century.
Tel:+356 21491030
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Sa Maison Garden

Sa Maison Garden

Sa Malson, Floriana, Malta The Sa Maison Garden is a small, pretty garden mostly known for its military heritage.
Tel:+356 21493170, +356 21493171
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San Anton Gardens

San Anton Gardens

Triq Birbal, Ħal Balzan, Malta Probably the best known of the Islands’ gardens, San Anton Gardens was laid out by Grand Master Antoine de Paule as grounds to his summer residence, San Anton Palace.
Tel:+356 21415488
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