Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park

A preserved memory of old recreational estates of the 19th century

19 26 May

10:00 — 18:00

Largo Júlio Castilho

* Self-guided visit

Pets are not allowed.
The access is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis, without prior registration.
Last entry 60 minutes before closing time.

This is an entirely free event.

Currently attached to the National Costume Museum and the National Theatre and Dance Museum in Lumiar, it was during its ownership by the Marquis of Angeja in the 18th century that this botanical garden was designed as a complement to a Natural History museum. Considering the closeness between the Marquis of Angeja and Domenico Vandelli at the Portuguese Court, it is likely that the Italian botanist — responsible for the foundation of the Ajuda Botanical Garden — helped in the design of this space.

The purchase and merger of several estates by the Duke of Palmela in the 19th century expanded the park to its current 11 hectares. Immortalised in Almeida Garrett’s poetry, it is among the “beauties of this park, among those flowers” ​​that we can still recognise the structure of recreational estates: botanical garden, rose garden, orchard, meadows, woods and vegetable garden.

A landmark for its gigantic size and historical importance, the Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park is home to the first Norfolk Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) to be planted in mainland Portugal, in 1842.

Related activities

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15:00

Guided Visits

Discovering the History of the Garden

Currently attached to the National Costume Museum and the National Theatre and Dance Museum in Lumiar, this Park occupies around 11 hectares where we can still recognise the original structure of recreational estates: botanical garden, rose garden, orchard, meadows, woods and vegetable garden. Among its admirable vegetation, we can find the first Norfolk Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) to be planted in mainland Portugal, 180 years ago.

This visit is led by Rui Costa, the landscape architect responsible for the Park, who will tell us about its various constitutive elements, the features that reveal the art of gardening from different eras, the Park’s owners and its current keepers.


Conducted by: Rui Costa
Location: Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park

For ages 12 and above
Capacity: 25 people
Duration: 90 minutes

Registration: se@mntraje.dgpc.pt

* Mandatory prior registration by email, until May 17th


26

10:00

Guided Visits

A Walk amid Scents and Smells

Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park has its origins in the joining of lands from old 18th century estates, in which traces of their earlier structures can still be seen: the botanical garden, the rose garden, the orchard, the meadows, the woods and the farm. Beyond its notable tree species, the garden’s diversity of plants, with their different shapes and scents, is an excellent theme for a guided visit.

Amidst the smells of crushed leaves and the scents of vibrant flowers, we invite you to discover the Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park and activate your senses with bay leaves, rosemary and lavender, lemon verbena and camomile, roses and wisteria. This interactive experience fuses Spring colours and aromas in this historical garden.


Conducted by: Paulo Sérgio
Location: Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park

For all ages
Capacity: 30 people
Duration: 60 minutes

Registration: se@mntraje.dgpc.pt

* Mandatory prior registration by email, until May 24th


26

11:00

Guided Visits

A Walk amid Scents and Smells

Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park has its origins in the joining of lands from old 18th century estates, in which traces of their earlier structures can still be seen: the botanical garden, the rose garden, the orchard, the meadows, the woods and the farm. Beyond its notable tree species, the garden’s diversity of plants, with their different shapes and scents, is an excellent theme for a guided visit.

Amidst the smells of crushed leaves and the scents of vibrant flowers, we invite you to discover the Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park and activate your senses with bay leaves, rosemary and lavender, lemon verbena and camomile, roses and wisteria. This interactive experience fuses Spring colours and aromas in this historical garden.


Conducted by: Paulo Sérgio
Location: Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park

For all ages
Capacity: 30 people
Duration: 60 minutes

Registration: se@mntraje.dgpc.pt

* Mandatory prior registration by email, until May 24th


26

16:00

Workshops

Seasonal Flowers – Self-sufficient Cultivation

Open to the public since 1977, Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park has a memory that goes back to the 18th century, not only in its built elements but also in its vegetation.

This workshop will show you how to collect, treat, and conserve the seeds of flowering herbaceous plants, known as “seasonal flowers”, and how to sow them in a nursery.


Conducted by: Rui Costa
Location: Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park

For ages 12 and above
Capacity: 20 people
Duration: 60 minutes

Registration: se@mntraje.dgpc.pt

* Mandatory prior registration by email, until May 24th.