It is something that few gardens in the world can present.
There are 750 different species of camellias from Porto Botanical Garden that earned him the “International Garden of Excellence” award, given by the International Camellia Society.
"It is the international recognition of a symbol of excellence, which now enters the garden tourism circuit", explained to JN Eduarda Paz, biologist and president of the Portuguese Association of Camellias (APC)
The application was submitted by the Board of Botanical Garden of the University of Porto, in conjunction with the Portuguese Association of Camellias.
It was subsequently evaluated by an international jury, composed of 28 nationalities, who “unanimously decided to hand over the prize to the Botanical Garden of Porto”.
One of the ten most difficult criteria, according to Eduarda Paz, was to have at least 200 cultivated varieties and different species.
Since some of these species are threatened, “planting them is a way of promoting biodiversity and preventing their extinction”, sustains the official.
Besides the Botanical Garden, exist three more distinguished gardens in Portugal: Parque da Pena, in Sintra, Parque Terra Nostra, in the Azores, and Quinta de Curvos, in Esposende.