Estufa Fria and Estufa Quente
Sometimes we chase after time, but here it seems like time stands still, and that the recreated nature is easy to mistake with a reality that is missing from the rest of Lisbon.
A visit to this place, in the heart of Parque Eduardo VII, made us vibrate with interest for the numerous plants and their peculiar history, all of which occurred during a guided tour by Fernanda Castiço, an engineer who is passionate about and responsible for this place. The entire greenhouse is completely cherished by its caregivers, some of which have dedicated many years of work to it.
In fact, this greenhouse came about by chance: a quarry that could no longer be used was transformed by a gardener to host species of plants from around the world, which would then be transplanted to the Avenida da Liberdade gardens. But, with the onset of World War I, everything was postponed, and the plants began to grow and bring new life to a simple basalt quarry, creating the Estufa Fria (Cold Greenhouse) which was complemented, in 1975, with the addition of the Estufa Quente (Hot Greenhouse) and the Estufa Doce (Sweet Greenhouse), with equatorial and tropical plants, as well as cacti.
Here, amidst the +300 species, you’ll find the fern, the greenhouse’s symbol, whose leaves are born all rolled up and if the tip is damaged they will not grow back; the plant Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow blossoms into a purple flower that changes to blue and dies white; five species of fuchsias; the mango plant; different types of banana plants; sugar cane and even tobacco plant...
But, better than disbelieving in this magical spot, is to see the photographs or pay it a visit and contemplate a green moment that lets you travel around the entire world!
Apr - Oct: 10:00 am - 07h00 pm | Nov - Mar: 09:00 am t- 05h00 pm | Closed: 1st Jan, 1st May and 25th Dec