Mont Fleury Botanical Garden was founded in 1901 in the suburbs of Victoria, the capital of Mahe Island. Its area covers about 6 hectares. There are 200 species of local and exotic plants that were brought in by Dupont, the founder of this paradise, which brought plants and trees from his many trips. The main task of the garden is eco-tourism, as well as passive recreation and conservation of rare plant species.
In the magnificent garden of Mont Fleury there was a place for unique animals. Giant ancient turtles live on earth, some of which are more than 150 years old, and fruit bats are high in the trees. The main attraction of the garden is a magnificent house with orchids of the brightest shades and colors.
The main territory of the park is occupied by palm trees, of which there are about 10 species. The most popular of these is sea coconut palm, which has been under state protection since 1978. In the Mon Fleury garden, anyone can plant their own coconut palm tree, receiving a sprouted nut for a small amount.
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Victoria Botanic Gardens (second name is Mont Fleur Botanic Gardens) in the Seychelles was created in 1901 by the Seychelles Agriculture Manager and naturalist Paul Evenor Rival Dupont.
The Botanical Garden is located on the outskirts of the capital of the archipelago - Mont Fleur. It is recognized as one of the oldest monuments of national importance in the Seychelles. The garden maintains a large collection of adult plants belonging to endemic and exotic species, collected in well-groomed landscape and tropical areas. A special attraction is the main alley of coconut palms, also in the garden grow spices of several hundred species and fruit trees.
An additional attraction is a population of huge Aldabra turtles, some individuals are older than 150 years. Colonies of fruit bats live in tall trees, there is also an orchid house on the territory, its collection includes local flowers that are not found anywhere else in the world.
Today, Victoria Botanical Gardens are part of the Ministry of the Environment, and the institution’s headquarters are located here. Mont-Fleur Gardens with streams, birds and a cafe is a great place for walking and passive relaxation, they are a 10-minute walk south of the center.