This blog is dedicated to Malta - my island home. My aim is not to bore you with history but to share my thoughts and a few facts together with a photo or two. For a more in -depth background of the island please go here. The purpose of this blog is not to point out the short-comings of the island. There are plenty that do that already. My wish is to show you the beauty of an island at the cross roads of the Mediterranean, a melting pot of history; a place where fact and fiction are sometimes fused to create unique myths and legends; a country that has been conquered so many times that our culture is a mish mesh of the lands that surround us and of lands far away. I confess that my greatest desire is to make you fall in love with this tiny enchanting island.


Wednesday 20 June 2012

The Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden is situated opposite the back entrance of San Anton Palace. It has been supplying vegetables to the Palace since the 17th century, when the palace was built as a summer residence by  Grand Master de Paule.

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The garden was extensively rehabilitated and was opened to the public last year. It is built on three levels: the children’s play area, cafeteria and animal pens are on the lowest level; a rose and herb garden is on the next  level and the last is the Swan Terrace. This terrace is built over a larger reservoir built in 1766 to provide water for the garden.

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The Kitchen Garden still serves its original purpose of supplying the Palace with fruit and vegetables.

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The Kitchen Garden

San Anton Street


Photographed July 2011

Opening hours:    Winter: Monday to Friday — 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Summer: Monday to Friday —10:00am to 10:00pm
Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays — 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

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  1. I have never seen a swan hybrid like that!

  2. I love kitchen gardens. They are useful and usually smell divine. This is so pretty!

  3. My kitchen garden isn't near as large and beautiful as the Palace garden...but, tiny and cute, I guess! Wish I had a grape arbor like that too!

  4. Wow, what stunning gardens! And how fortunate they are now open to the public.

  5. What a beautiful place to visit! And ... there is something about swans that make gardens extra lovely!


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