Royal Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses
Lilies at the Gardens of Pamplemousses © Condem
The Pamplemousses Gardens are one of the island's premier tourist attractions and are easily reached by regular buses from Port Louis. Officially called the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens in honour of the late Prime Minister, they are enclosed by beautiful wrought iron railings which are today in disrepair but, when first manufactured in 1862, won a prize at an international exhibition at Crystal Palace in London. The gardens were first laid out in 1735 around a mansion house called Mon Plaisir as a vegetable garden to supply ships calling at Port Louis. Later the house was bought by horticulturalist Pierre Poivre, who introduced plant species from around the world interspersed with indigenous species.