Ajuda Botanical Garden - Restoration


The aims behind the Ajuda Botanical Garden restoration project took into account the site’s significant historical heritage, as well as its twin function as a scientific study centre and a place for leisure, tourism and cultural events.

The design set out to:

- Restore the built items which are the Garden’s monumental heritage: fountains, balustrades, stairs, paved surfaces and benches.

- Restore the flower beds original layout and the plant collection on the upper level, bearing in mind the history of their introduction into Portugal and their connection with the Portuguese Discoveries, dividing them into phytogeographical areas.

- Restore the aquatic plant collection in the lower level’s central pond.

- Reactivate the greenhouses by reintroducing plant production.

- Create a scent garden for the visually impaired.

- Restore the wooded area using plants that represent Portuguese flora associations.

- Label the species on display and publish the respective catalogue.

- Create the conditions required to receive, support and inform visitors.

- Provide the means needed to allow for future income generation to ensure the garden’s upkeep.

The opening of the garden in 1997 led to an increase in the annual number of visitors from 2,000 to 20,000, as it became better known and experienced.
Technical Sheet- Landscape Architects

Project Coordination:
Cristina Castel-Branco

Project Assistance:
Ana Luísa Soares | Teresa Chambel

Area: 1,3 ha

Status: Built

Instituto Superior de Agronomia

Date: 1997