Discover The King's Garden (Mahé) Seychelles

To the southeast of Mahé, nestled up above Anse Royale at the foot of Mont Gratte-Fesse, the King's Garden is an enchanting place, teeming with orchids, fruit trees, spices imported from India and Indonesia, rare species, and other medicinal plants. It is, in fact, a reconstruction of the garden planted by Pierre Poivre, an Intendant of the French Islands (Mauritius) and Bourbon (Réunion Island) in the 18th century. Spice plants were originally introduced to the Seychelles in Bourbon. Micheline George, the current owner of the King's Garden, claims to be a descendent of Louis XVII, son of Louis XVI, having fled to the Seychelles to escape the French Revolution: hence the name given to the gardens. With certain nostalgia towards the colonial period, when her grandparents lived on spices, manioc, and bananas, and grew rice, sweet corn, vanilla, and even patchouli, Micheline, with the help of her husband, has breathed new life into the old estate. It is, indeed, very pleasant to wander around this enchanting tropical garden of 1,000 fragrances, where you'll find avocados, cocoa, peppers, coffee, oranges, dates, cotton, and even the famous sea coconut trees, endemic to the Seychelles, growing here and there among the 50 varieties of exotically-named trees. There's also cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla pods, cinnamon sticks, pepper, cloves, chilli peppers, ginger, etc, not forgetting the many fruits, which include dates, papaya, guavas, grapefruit, mangoes, wax apples, lemons, starfruit, and soursops. In a nutshell, this garden of Eden demonstrates the true wealth of this archipelago, which has been dealt an extremely good hand by Mother Nature.

  • The King's Garden (Mahé) , The King's Garden , Seychelles
    The King's Garden

    The King's Gardens are an enchanting place nestled in the heights of Anse Royale and at the foot of Mont Gratte-Fesse, in the south-west of Mahé.

    © Igor Lubinetsky / EASYVOYAGE
  • The King's Garden (Mahé) , A Garden of the Hesperides , Seychelles
    A Garden of the Hesperides

    This garden is chock full of orchids, fruit trees, spices imported from India and Indonesia, rare essential oils, and medicinal plants.

    © Igor Lubinetsky / EASYVOYAGE
  • The King's Garden (Mahé) , Giant turtles of the Seychelles , Seychelles
    Giant turtles of the Seychelles

    A Garden of Eden demonstrating the true wealth of this archipelago, which has been dealt an extremely good hand by Mother Nature.

    © Igor Lubinetsky / EASYVOYAGE
  • The King's Garden (Mahé) , Fruit paradise , Seychelles
    Fruit paradise

    Dates, papayas, guavas, grapefruits, mangoes, wax apples, lemons, starfruits, soursops, etc.

    © Igor Lubinetsky / EASYVOYAGE
  • The King's Garden (Mahé) , A tropical garden with a thousand scents , Seychelles
    A tropical garden with a thousand scents

    You will find yourself amidst a hodge-podge of avocado, cocoa, pepper, orange, and date trees, as well as cotton plants and even the famous 'Coco de Mer', which is endemic to the Seychelles.

    © Igor Lubinetsky / EASYVOYAGE
  • The King's Garden (Mahé) , A plethora of spices... , Seychelles
    A plethora of spices...

    ...including cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla pods, cinnamon sticks, pepper, cloves, chilli peppers, ginger and so on. Nothing is missing from the King's Gardens!

    © Igor Lubinetsky / EASYVOYAGE
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