San Anton Gardens might be the most prolific garden in the Maltese island, but there is surely more potential that we sadly forget about.
Not long ago I mentioned in my post ‘Malta: lack of breathing space’, that gardens are far and between. So today we’re gonna look at a couple of gardens on both ends of the spectrum.
Built by the Knights of Saint John, to serve as a quant spot for the Grandmaster Winter quarters, San Anton Garden was later open for the general public by the British in 1882 during Queen Victoria’s reign. The palace beside is now the official residence of the President of Malta.
As one might expect such an important location is kept as proper as possible especially in the touristic summer months.
I wondered off to the gardens to have a look at what these gardens have in store. Here are some photos:
While it is clearly a beautiful and peaceful place to visit, it still requires some attention:
Another garden I visited a few weeks back was that of Sa Maison. With its entrance found in a winding uphill road with no pavement, it is clear that it is forgotten both by the authorities, and definitely not a touristic hotspot. Being only 10minutes away from the Valletta city gates one would think otherwise.
With moderate expectations, I wandered in and found this:
You would have expected an old delict garden with have no value whatsoever, but I was wrong. While the flora was definitely lacking, the history of this place was incredible, with so much potential too. Even the view was pretty even though it definitely wasn’t on the level of the azure window. I would give it a 7/10.
Definitely such gardens are still underfunded and underdeveloped. It would be of great benefit if more places such as these are given importance, especially in the light of our ever shrinking green spaces.