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Buskett Gardens, Siggiewi

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Buskett Gardens forming one of the few woodland areas in Malta, are located in the fertile valley of Wied il-Luq in Siġġiewi. The 30 ha site lies to the west of Siġġiewi and just east of Dingli. The Verdala Palace, an official residence of the President of Malta, stands on the edge of the Gardens.HistoryThe gardens know their origins at least since the post-Roman Republic period and in which sexual celebrations in honor of their gods were traditional. When Eastern Christianity took root in Malta, this pagan feast was replaced by the Christian celebrations of St. Peter and St. Paul.Indigenous forests once covered Malta, but trees were cut down for shipbuilding in the era when galleons plied the Mediterranean waters and for agricultural purposes. Buskett Gardens were planted by the Knights Hospitaller as a hunting reserve.In June 1557, Grand Master Claude de la Sengle retreated to Buskett when his health began to deteriorate, and died at Mdina two months later.DescriptionThe gardens contain broadleaved deciduous woodland, native coniferous woodland, with sclerophyllous garrigue and maquis shrubland, as well as groves of fruit trees. Many different trees and shrubs grow in the gardens, including numerous fruit-bearing trees. One of the greenest areas in Malta, the gardens are at their best in the spring but also provide shade from the harsh mid-summer sun and offer a quiet place for a walk in the winter months.
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  • Part of the gardens were under reconstruction. It was more like a park, and not what you would think as english gardens. Not the whole area is accessible to public.  more »
  • Very disappointing. These gardens could be lovely but they're not. Maybe it was because the summer heat had turned them all brown but I couldn't see any greenery that people mentioned, and there are.....  more »
  • A breath of fresh air. Lots of birds around. Wildlife untouched. Wish we had more of such spaces in Malta.
  • Lovely place but there is one toilet which is not enough, could not see any litter bins anywhere

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