> Quinta da Boa Vista Gardens


After scouring the twisted, tiny, vertical streets of Funchal on the island of Madeira, for a decent orchid vendor, I grumpily concluded that I would be going home empty-handed. Few offered much more than unnamed mutts, and those that did had little more interesting to sell than overpriced grocery store phals and dendrobiums, and dried up cymbidium back-bulbs. No one seemed much interested in orchids besides making a buck off of ignorant tourists.

I almost gave up. Then I decided to visit one last place: Boa Vista Orchids.

I came home with orchids, after all. :-)