"Just a 5 minute car ride from the centre of Funchal, or 20 minutes if you're walking, will bring you into the tranquil setting of Boa Vista Orchids. This former working estate (quinta) is guaranteed to give you an 'all round experience' of the beauty and peacefulness that Madeira has to offer. The gardens include one of the last and oldest remaining systems of walled stairs terracing, as they were back in the 19th century to be found within the close proximity of the city centre. [...] The quinta formerly grew market garden produce for visiting ships until approximately 60 years ago when the estate was prepared for Estrelicia plants and cut flower production. These days the estate proudly displays the best orchid collection on the island. Cut flowers (sold in season) and plants are available for purchase, plus many rare and unusual varieties can be seen." (Text from the Madeira Tourist website).