a town known for its outstanding gardens, Serre de la Madone was
bought in 1999 by the Conservatoire du Littoral, with contributions
from the town of Menton,
the Conseil Général des Alpes-Maritimes, the Conseil
Régional (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) and the fondation
Electricité de France.
Serre de la Madone will now become, with its "palazzo"
and its garden restored, an international center for enthusiasts
for rare plants.