May is the month of roses: on May 6, 2022 the gardens of the Quistini Castle reopen

Starting from Friday 6 May until early June, the gardens of Castello Quistini will reopen to the public, a magical place that is the setting for numerous events and courses. On the occasion of the spectacular flowering of over 1000 varieties of roses, a calendar of openings has been planned, offering the possibility of free visits and guided tours in the labyrinth of roses admiring the unique architecture and atmosphere of this much loved Franciacorta jewel.
For those taking part in the guided tours there is a tour entitled “Among roses, history and legend” where, accompanied by Marco Mazza, you will be guided to discover the numerous botanical curiosities of the garden without neglecting moments dedicated to the history and architecture of the building.
The garden is also a nursery specializing in ancient, modern and English roses, so whoever wants to can buy and take home a small part of the castle green treasure, as a reminder of a special day immersed in the greenery. Visits are limited and reservations are required using the form you find on the website www.castelloquistini.com.

Rose al Castello Quistini


The rose labyrinth of Castello Quistini consists of three large concentric circles composed exclusively of roses, with a gazebo in the center covered with a splendid single-flowering climbing rose (Banksiae Alba and Banksiae Alba Plena). The three circles are in turn divided into four circular sectors that tell the story of the roses: at your entrance the first plants are wrinkled roses (hybrid and spontaneous) in the direction of the gazebo, crossing four bushes of modern ground cover roses. On the right, the modern roses, while on the opposite there are the ancient roses. In the southern sector (towards the nursery the English roses of David Austin), up to the arch covered with a beautiful old rose named Alfred Carriere.

Within the calendar of events on the website there are numerous theoretical and practical workshops open to all and with a limited number on the topic of craftsmanship and green living with real experts in the sector. For example, you can learn how to make terrariums or learn how to make a clay pot or learn about famous Japanese art techniques.

Parco Giardino Sigurtà 2021: everything you need to know about the second most beautiful garden in Europe.

After the temporary closure due to health restrictions, the gates of the Parco Giardino Sigurtà finally reopen, a green treasure on the outskirts of Verona: from Friday 23 April it will be possible to discover in complete safety in the 600,000 square meters of the Park the late varieties of tulips, the first peonies and the other botanical and naturalistic treasures of the Second Most Beautiful Park in Europe.

Every day, including holidays, until Sunday 7 November 2021, nature lovers will be able to admire the meadows, woods and blossoms of the Park, awarded in 2020 as the best destination by Trip Advisor and by the Tiqets ticket sales platform as among the attractions tourists who have given the best experiences in 2020.

For the smaller stages, the Didactic Farm and the Fallow Deer Valley are not to be missed, while for adults a walk on the Large Grassy Carpet restores body and mind with the Koi carp that dart in the two Flowering Ponds; do not miss the Labyrinth, a point of interest that celebrates 10 years in July, the 18 mirrors of water, the Viale delle Rose which leads with your eyes to the thirteenth-century Scaliger Castle; in these weeks it will be possible to see the first colorful peonies in the vicinity of the Hermitage and the late varieties of tulips, protagonists of Tulipanomania, the most important flowering of tulips in Italy with over a million specimens in free form and in designed flower beds.

For a journey into the past, don’t miss a stop at the Castelletto, a crenellated building with neo-Gothic windows dating back to the end of the eighteenth century and in the past decades, the venue for meetings between scientists and Nobel Laureates, and the Hermitage, neo-Gothic-style temple adorned with a mullioned window. overlooks the spectacular view of the Great Lawn; the Bosco di Pindemonte, the monument dedicated to Carlo Sigurtà, founder of the Park, the Horizontal Sundial on the Poggio degli Imperatori, the latter meeting place between the emperors Franz Joseph I of Austria and Napoleon III of France on the occasion of the Second War of ‘Italian Independence.

Visitors’ entrances will not be restricted and reservations are not required. The Park’s social media are always updated with news, photos, videos and insights:

https://www.facebook.com/parcogiardinosigurta/

https://www.instagram.com/parcosigurta/

For more informations:

www.sigurta.it

THE SERVICES OF THE SIGURTÀ GARDEN PARK FOR A VISIT IN ALL COMFORT AND SAFETY IMMERSED IN A FANTASTIC NATURE

There are many ways to discover the wonders of the Second Most Beautiful Park in Europe: on foot, aboard the panoramic train, with bicycles or electric golf-carts. And for a tasty break in the countryside, there are kiosks or picnic areas.

How to visit

The Parco Giardino Sigurtà can be visited on foot, by bicycle (with your own without additional costs to the entrance ticket, or by renting an electric or classic bike from the renting service inside the Park), on board the panoramic train for a complete tour with voice guide of the 6 km itinerary, or on the comfortable electric golf-carts equipped with a GPS satellite detection system with descriptive cards of the most interesting points of the Garden available in four languages. These services allow a visit in comfort and safety, thanks also to the extension of the Park, 600,000 square meters equivalent to 120 football fields.

The catering service

The park hosts five refreshment points spread over the two wide hills. In our kiosks you can have breakfast, a tasty break or a simple lunch with snacks, sandwiches, focaccia, pizzas, delicious ice creams and coffee. The Park offers top quality products and has been collaborating for many years with highly experienced suppliers, winners of national awards.

The opening of some refreshment points may vary depending on the period, therefore we recommend that you check at your entrance to the ticket office which kiosks will be open during the day (the opening of at least one refreshment point is always guaranteed). Special picnic areas have been set up near the kiosks to comfortably consume both what you buy from the bar and your packed lunch. Traditional picnics with tables, chairs, barbecues, lighting fires etc. are not allowed in the Park, but it is possible, respecting the environment and other visitors, to have a packed lunch on a blanket placed on the lawn.

The Park loves the environment and for this reason the materials you will find in the bars are biodegradable and designed with respect for nature.

The Sigurtà Restaurant is open for lunch every day of the seasonal opening of the Sigurtà Garden Park, it is located 300 meters from the main entrance of the Park, in via Cavour 42 – Valeggio s / M.

Due to recent events, the restaurant has changed its opening days, therefore we recommend calling to check the current status. The restaurant offers special fixed price menus and creates the opportunity to savor traditional local dishes. It is possible to taste the Valeggio meat tortellino, traditional cold cuts, tasty focaccia, hot and cold first courses (including the famous pumpkin tortelli), fresh salads for the summer period, main courses typical of these places, without forgetting the desserts among including the “sbrisolona”, typical of Mantuan cuisine. Undoubtedly the most characteristic dish is the Tortellino di Valeggio: prepared with a sheet of fresh egg pasta pulled to make it very thin. Inside it is kept a dough with a delicate aroma which is then wrapped in the characteristic shape of the tortellino, first folding them in half and then joining the opposite edges.

The dish is served, as usual, with butter and sage to enhance the aromas of the filling. You can take advantage of the convenience of free parking in front of the building, and free WiFi connection. For groups and tour operators, the restaurant offers discounted rates (by reservation): for more information, please send an email request to the address  gruppi@sigurta.it

Secret Gardens: New York’s High Line Garden

New York’s high line gardens arise from a section of about 1.45 miles of abandoned elevated railroad and, above all, from the project by Piet Oudolf, who claims that “” My greatest inspiration is nature. I don’t want to copy it, but to recreate the emotion. “

Each garden and each section is recreated following the seasons and moods, but above all letting the native and spontaneous species, albeit followed and cared for by a team of gardeners, can proliferate among the abandoned tracks of the elevated railway, thus recreating a pleasant and livable environment away from the chaos and stress of the city.

A bit of history

The High line was once destined for demolition but luckily the local community got together and decided to reuse this disused railway line and recreate a garden that was an example for all the great cities of the world as well as a green space for New York and the whole local community.

In 1924 the tracks were still at street level but, given the dangerousness of rail transport and the high mortality due to investments caused by the train that passed to bring the goods to the warehouses of the industrial area, it was decided to bring the tracks to an elevated line , initially called “West side Elevated Line”.

 

Between the 1960s and the 1980s, with the increase in road transport, the elevated railway became increasingly disused with an initial demolition of the southern part and a subsequent proposal for total demolition of the entire line. But with the total inactivity of the whole line, people also began to think about reusing it for other purposes, until in 1999 Joshua David and Robert Hammond founded Friends of the High Line, a non-profit protection, to defend its conservation and reuse as a public space.

 

In 2003 to stimulate dialogue on the High Line, at a time when its transformation into a park was not yet assured, Friends of the High Line hosted an “ideas contest”, receiving 720 ideas from over 36 countries on the ways in which the park could be used.

 

The turning point came between 2004 and 2006: the city council of the then mayor Bloomberg approved the transformation of the High line into a park, while the design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the floor plan designer Piet Oudolf were appointed as a team to transform the High Line.

 

In 2009, High line Art was founded and continues to produce works along and around the New York garden every year. Today the High Line is now a continuous greenway, 1.45 miles long, with over 500 species of plants and trees.

The park is maintained, operated and programmed by Friends of the High Line in partnership with the New York Department of Parks and Recreation. In addition to public spaces and gardens, the High Line hosts a diverse array of public programs, community and teen involvement, and world-class artwork and performances, free and open to all.

 

The gardens

The design of the High line is inspired by the native landscape that for years has developed growing between the abandoned tracks of the elevated railway. In doing so, the landscapes and emotions change every season and, although a team of gardeners led by Oudolf, the garden designer, constantly looks after the gardens, here you can always breathe the mystery and wonder of a wild place.

A few photos




The 16 Garden zones

The high line gardens of New York are divided into 16 zones, different in environment, style and more. Walking along mile 45 of the abandoned railroad track, you will surely recognize these different areas.

  1. Donald Pels e Wendy Keys Gansevoort Woodland: The southern end of the park is shaded by gray birch and lingonberry trees.
  2. Washington Grasslands e Woodland Edge: This section is filled with grasses, perennials, and woody species that tolerate the shade of the surrounding buildings.
  3. Diller – Von Furstenberg Sundeck & Water Feature: Wetland gardens bloom near the fountain, a favorite with visitors.
  4. Hudson River View: A selection of native plants stand out against the skyline.
  5. Northern Spur Reserve: Malus and other plants evoke the wild landscape of the High Line’s past.
  6. 10th Avenue Square: A grove of trees frames the view of the High Line with the Statue of Liberty.
  7. Chelsea Grasslands: or the embodiment of Piet Oudolf’s typical “matrix plantation” style.
  8. Chelsea Thicket: The original routes pass through a miniature forest of dogwood and other shrubs and trees.
  9. 23rd Street Lawn and Steps to Sit: A mix of tall fescue and perennial rye work together in the park’s lawn.

       10. Lawn Walk: Stroll through the Korean feather rush grass and West Chelsea’s galleries and warehouses.

       11. Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover: Rise up to the canopy  and come face to face with magnolias and sassafras.

       12. Wildflower Field and Radial Planting: Warm season herbs mix with wildflowers like aster and tall mint seed.

       13. Spur: The plants of the northeastern woods inspire the wild charm of the gardens of the Spur.

       14. Pershing’s Oriental Rail Yards, Crossroads, and Square Beams: Lush, textured plantings include fragrant perennials and ornamental grasses. 

       15. Intermediate Walkway: The closest thing to the desert that thrived when the tracks were unused.

       16. 34th Street Entry Plaza and CSX Transportation Gate: Milkweed of  butterflies, cottonwoods and an apple tree refer to the wild landscape.

Where, how, when

 The high line gardens are open from 9 am to 9 pm. At the time of writing, anti-covid measures are still active, so we recommend that you check the official website the accesses open both to enter and to exit and relative working lifts.

The same goes for bookings on weekends and during the week

https://www.thehighline.org/visit/    

Palmengarten: the botanical garden of Frankfurt

When you visit a city like Frankfurt, you immediately think of the banks, the skyscrapers, the tall buildings and the great German productivity and organization that is perceived here almost everywhere.
If you then come across an equally well maintained and quality botanical garden like this, then a visit to this city is more than justified.

We arrive here at the Palmengarten early in the morning, about an hour after the opening and already, waiting for us, there is a bit of a queue outside the entrance, a sign that the garden is an important attraction, especially on beautiful summer days.
The type of visitor is really very varied: it starts from the 70/80 year old lady looking for relaxation who is sitting on the bench among the rose beds or by the group of retired tourists, passing by the young couple, up to dozens and dozens of children (lots of them!) who emerge from every plant and let themselves be captured by the colors of the flowers.

The palms garden
The palms garden

Age apart, the common denominator among garden visitors is courtesy. Kindness and good manners seem to be dictated by the rhythms of nature that reign supreme here.
Everyone observes, walks and photographs without hindering or disturbing others. Children included.
And so, while crossing the greenhouses and the different climates, so many types of flowers, plants and different species (mostly of tropical origin) flow pleasantly, which we would hardly be able to see in their original state.
Not to forget the spaces dedicated to temporary exhibitions, where you can also buy natural products and the space dedicated to the palm garden.
In the outdoor area, in addition to many flower beds with roses, lavender, multicolored flowers, green lawns, aquatic flowers and many trees to relax under, there is also a band that plays for the pleasure of the public and nature.

Where , How, When

The palmengarten is open from 9am to 6pm from February to October, while from November to January it opens from 9am to 4pm.
Entry prices are:
Adults: 7 euros
Children from 6 to 13 years: 2 euros
Reduced rate (1) € 3.00
Small Familycard (1 adult and child up to 6 years up to 13) € 9.00
Big Familycard (2 adults and children up to 6 years up to 13 years) € 16.00
Elderly 65+ € 6.00
GdB (Global Burden Disease) 50+ € 6.00
GdB 80+, wheelchair user, blind user: free
(1) Student, student, apprentice (up to the age of 25); young people aged between 14 and 17 years

For more detailed info:
https://www.palmengarten.de

Keukenhof 2019: all about the Dutch park

On 21 March 2019, Keukenhof will be opening its gates for the 70th time. When it closes eight weeks later, some 1 million visitors from across the world will have visited the international flower exhibition. As such, Keukenhof makes a contribution to tourism in the Netherlands. One hundred bulb growers will supply bulbs to the park and 500 growers participate in the flower shows.

 

 The history of Keukenhof

Keukenhof started as an initiative on the part of ten flower bulb growers and exporters who create a showcase for the flower industry. In 1949, they opted for an ideal location: the gardens around Keukenhof castle.

For many years, Jacoba van Beieren was the hostess of Keukenhof. In the 15th century, she was the owner of the land where Keukenhof is now located. At that time the area was still a piece of untouched nature, used only for hunting and to gather herbs for the castle’s kitchen, which is where the name Keukenhof originally comes from.

Countess Jacoba van Beieren was born in 1401 and died in 1436. During the period from 1417 to 1433, she ruled Holland, Zeeland and Henegouwen. ‘Never a dull moment’ is perhaps the best summary of the life of this somewhat tempestuous woman, who married four times, spent a couple of years in prison, and lived in exile for some time in England. One of her favourite pastimes seems to have been waging war – she was even willing to go to war with former husbands. In 1433 she was forced to abdicate from all of her Counties. She withdrew from public life and, at the age of just 35, she died of tuberculosis in Castle Teylingen, not far from Keukenhof.

Following the death of the Countess Jacoba van Beieren in 1436, the large estate passed through the hands of several wealthy merchant families, including Baron and Baroness Van Pallandt. They asked the landscape architects Zocher, who were also responsible for the Vondelpark in Amsterdam and the gardens of Soestdijk Palace, to design a garden around their castle. The English landscape garden they created in 1857 still forms the basis for the Keukenhof park of today.

The windmill at Keukenhof is more than a century old. It was built in Groningen in 1892, and was used to pump water out of a polder. In 1957, the Holland-America Line bought the mill and donated it to Keukenhof.

 

The numbers
In the past year, the Lisse park has in fact recorded one and a half million approx. of visitors from all over the world, drawing the accesses of the previous year. The average age of the “guests” has been lowered thanks to the presence of a greater number of visitors made up of families with children or groups of twenty and thirty years old that the passion for gardening, flowers and plants is now part of every age.

 

Shortly:

• Keukenhof is open for eight weeks a year
• Annually, Keukenhof welcomes 1 million visitors
• 75% of visitors to the park come from abroad
• The park covers 32 hectares
• 7 million bulbs are planted each year
• Keukenhof presents more than 20 flower shows
• The bulbs are supplied by 100 exhibitors
• 500 growers and traders collaborate on floral exhibitions
• There are eight inspiring gardens with gardening ideas for consumers
• Sculpture garden with around 100 works of art.

 

Keukenhof estate

The Keukenhof flower exhibition is situated on Landgoed Keukenhof [the Keukenhof Estate] that developed during the seventeenth century. The first part of the current castle was built in 1642. The estate now measures some 240 hectares and is home to 15 Rijksmonumenten [listed buildings]. 50 hectares are used for the flower exhibition. The estate is owned by a foundation charged with preserving Landgoed Keukenhof.

 

Keukenhof for “the trade”

Keukenhof is the platform for the Dutch floricultural sector. For the exhibitors and participants in the flower shows, it provides a superb showcase for their bulbs, flowers and plants. The park is redesigned every single year. Keukenhof’s designer takes inspiration from the latest trends and adapts the design to suit the specific wishes of growers. This in turn provides inspiration to the visitors who gather new ideas to apply at home. In the flower shows, the arrangers also put the latest gardening ideas into practice. All of this enables Keukenhof and the growers to support and strengthen each other. Photographs of Keukenhof make their way around the world, reaching millions of consumers. The world’s press is also eager to report on all the beautiful things on display at Keukenhof.

Of the total share of visitors, 15% has links to the trade and numerous trade events are organised for growers. Keukenhof is an excellent meeting place for business contacts, and the organisation has strong links with all the relevant organisations in the sector.

 

The park

Keukenhof originally focused almost exclusively on flower bulbs, but now has much more to offer. The historic park, which dates from 1857 and was designed in the English landscape garden style by Zocher, forms the perfect backdrop for the flower bulbs. Visitors can become acquainted with cut flowers, plants and tree nursery products.

Each year, forty gardeners plant 7 million bulbs at reserved locations throughout the park. At the end of the season, these bulbs are harvested and a new cycle of planting, blooming and harvesting begins again in the autumn.

In order to ensure that Keukenhof always has a new look, the planting is redesigned every year. The plants are carefully selected so that visitors can enjoy bulbs in full bloom throughout the entire period Keukenhof is open. The seven million flower bulbs are supplied completely free of charge by a hundred exhibitors who could hardly imagine a better showcase for their products.

Keukenhof inspires its visitors with a range of different styles of gardens and interiors, in which flower bulbs and bulb flowers always play a key role. The different parts of the park vary from the English landscape garden to the renovated Japanese country garden. The garden offers surprising perspectives and exciting vistas and brings out the very best of the ancient trees. In the natural garden, shrubs and perennials are combined with naturalised bulbs. The historic garden is home to old varieties of tulip and uses these special varieties to demonstrate the tulip’s long journey prior to its arrival in the Netherlands.

The inspirational gardens give visitors the unique opportunity to gain ideas for their own gardens.

The Molenbos [windmill woods] have been develop in the woods next to the windmill for 2018 and feature bulb varieties suited to this amp, woodland environment. For children, Keukenhof has a maze, a playground, a Miffy house and a petting zoo. A treasure hunt takes them to the most beautiful places in the park.

Keukenhof has its own sculpture garden. A network of artists will be exhibiting around 100 pieces. The art exhibition is characterised by a wide variety of styles.

 

Flower shows at Keukenhof

The pavilions feature a changing selection of 20 flower and plant shows. Growers exhibit a wide variety of flowers and plants in all different colours and shapes. Of course, all of them are of the highest quality! This is the pinnacle of the competition among the growers to decide the best horticultural product, varying from tulips to roses. An expert judging panel will choose the best flower in each category.

For years, Keukenhof has reserved the thousand square-metre Beatrix Pavilion specifically for orchids. This show is the most beautiful orchid show in Europe. Another traditional leading attraction is the lily show in the Willem-Alexander Pavilion. In its 6,000 square metres, visitors can admire approximately 15,000 lilies in over 300 different varieties.

The Oranje Nassau Pavilion showcases the use of flower bulbs in interiors. It demonstrates how flower bulbs can be applied in different styles of interior design, from classic to modern. Several well-known arrangers will stage demonstrations of how the flowers can be used in surprising ways to create original bouquets.

The new entrance hall Keukenhof

The increasing interest in Keukenhof demands a sustainable solution for Keukenhof to welcome and receive national and international visitors. The new entry building provides access to the most beautiful spring park in the world. Keukenhof has a carpark for 4,500 cars and 1,000 coaches. This will have a positive effect on traffic management around the park.

Keukenhof works continuously to improve quality and service for its guests.

 

Tulpomania

The tulip is the distinctive icon of Netherlands throughout the world. And Keukenhof can do no other than give the tulip centre stage. The Willem-Alexander Pavilion is full of tulips in bloom. An exhibition being organised in the new Juliana Pavilion shows the history of the tulip, 17th Century tulip mania and today’s tulip as contemporary icon. The renovated Historic Garden contains extra information about the origin of the tulip.

 

Tourist Interest

Many international tourists still come to the Netherlands for the special Dutch icons: tulips, windmills, Rembrandt and the canals of Amsterdam. These typical Dutch icons tell the story of the Netherlands. Keukenhof works together with major tourist partners to positively promote the Netherlands.

Keukenhof’s importance to tourism in the Netherlands is huge. Annually, 1 million visitors from more than 100 countries are welcomed. These don’t only include individual visitors, but also companies, institutions and organisations wishing to show their (international) guests what the Netherlands has to offer.

Approximately 75% of visitors come from abroad, with the most important countries being Germany, United States, France, United Kingdom and China. There is a particularly significant growth in the number of tourists from America, China, India and South East Asia. The bulb sector in general, the tulip and Keukenhof in particular, are vital to the tourist image of the Netherlands.

The park acts as a large magnet, attracting visitors to its own sector as well as the hospitality industry, retail, overnight accommodation, transportation companies, museums and other attractions and events. In addition, Keukenhof attracts visitors during a period when there are few other attractions available.

Keukenhof is an icon: for the floricultural sector, for the Bollenstreek region and for the Netherlands, making a significant contribution to the image of the country. For example, the website of the highly regarded travel guide, Lonely Planet, opens with a feature on Keukenhof. Wikipedia has just one photograph of the Netherlands: of Keukenhof. More recently Keukenhof was awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.

 

Program and theme of 2019

Flower Power is the 2019 theme of Keukenhof. The strength of the flowers that unites people and visitors who will come to the park. Holland is famous for its bulb fields and for the many flowers cultivated here. Bright colors, hippies, peace and music. Flower Power has that atmosphere of the 70s. A great theme to celebrate the 70th Keukenhof. Flower Power, the strength of flowers!

The park will remain open from  March 21st to  May 19th.
Events:

  • March23-24th : Sound of Holland: to celebrate the beginning of spring and the opening of the park, choirs and Dutch bands, will visit the park to brighten the days of the first visitors.
  • March 29-31st : Holland heritage weekend: this is the perfect Weekend to discover the nineteenth century Dutch traditions. Traditional markets, folk dances and much more to celebrate the old Dutch traditions.
  • April 5-7th: Flower power: weekend dedicated to flowers. At the market the growers will explain the characteristics and use of the bulbs, giving the possibility to buy new ones. Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, children can participate in a floral treasure hunt.
  • April 13th: flower parade: The unmissable floral parade passes like every year from Keukenhof giving visitors the opportunity to go out and come back after the passage of colorful floats to party with bulb flowers. The advice is to arrive before 11am and, if possible, do not plan to leave the car park before 5.30/6 pm due to the traffic that will be blocked for a long time. In the 40 km from Nooordwijk to Haarlem in which the wagons pass, it is better to take it easy. For all the rest, consult the official website www.bloemencorso-bollenstreek.nl
  • April 21-.22nd: Melloy Yellow: Easter weekend
  • April 27th: Keukenhof King’s day: the day of celebration for the whole of Holland, Keukenhof also organizes traditional activities.
  • April 29th: shows of birds of prey: between 12 and 14.30, hawks, eagles, owls and buzzards, will fly above the park showing all their beauty.
  • May 11-12th: Romance at Keukenhof: Being transported to the 19th century, surrounded by people in romantic folk costumes and watching orchestras, soloists and ensembles play among the flowers. Romanticism at the Keukenhof will be organized in collaboration with De Cultuurbrigade of Rotterdam.
  • May 13-19th: woodstock festival: relive the moments of peace of 1969 among the flowers of the Dutch park with a divine music and a relaxing atmosphere.
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Where, How, When

The Keukenhof park will remain open from 21 March to 19 May 2019.
Reaching it is really simple, both from Schipol airport and from nearby locations such as Haarlem, Leiden, Noordwijk, etc.
Visiting the official website of the park you can buy the entrances with bus travel included.
you can  visit www.keukenhof.nl

 

Nong Nooch Gardens: the incredible Thai gardens

Nong Nooch Gardens: what are they?

In Thailand, in the province of Chonburi, precisely between the resorts of Pattaya and Sattahip, there are the Nong Nooch Gardens, wonderful tropical gardens including numerous species of ornamental plants and a vast assortment of floral plants, all belonging to the native flora.
It is a real tourist attraction, fully equipped to accommodate a large audience of visitors, consisting of restaurants, bars, spaces usable for lunches or parties, and residential housing. There is also a large swimming pool.
This structure was opened to the public in 1980, and immediately distinguished itself not only as a scenic and naturalistic attraction (it is in fact home to a world botanical center, with the largest natural collection of palms and orchids throughout Thailand), but also for the daily shows with elephants, and above all for cultural attractions of various kinds. In this regard, the Dinosaur Valley, a historical reconstruction of the ancient geological eras when the territory was populated by dinosaurs, represents an absolute novelty in this area, for the life-size reconstruction of some of the most studied dinosaurs of the Cretaceous and Jurassic period, among which the Triceratops and the Tirranosaurus Rex.
Accanto a queste attrattive, i Giardini ospitano numerosi esemplari appartenenti alla fauna selvatica indigena. Per tali motivi, i Nong Nooch Gardens svolgono innumerevoli attività di ricerca, di divulgazione e di educazione scientifica rivolte al pubblico di ogni età, che ogni giorno si reca in visita ai giardini (sono circa 5000 le presenze quotidiane).

 

Nong Nooch Gardens: a bit of history

In 1954, Mr. Pisit and his wife, Mrs. Nongnooch Tansacha, going to Thailand, were struck by the beauty of a vast plot of land (about 600 hectares), located twenty kilometers from
Pattaya, and bought it with the intent of turning it into a plantation of fruit trees (coconuts, mangoes and oranges). Subsequently, Mrs. Nongnooch preferred to use the vast plot of land to grow ornamental plants and flowers of all kinds, and recreate the atmosphere of some of the wonderful gardens she had visited, during her many travels around the world.
From this initial project, the current Gardens were born, which were named with the name of its founder.

 

Main present and attractive species of the gardens

This place of incredible charm, rightly considered one of the ten wonders of the world, is certainly one of the most original natural parks in the world; here you can admire numerous species of tropical plants, such as:
– orchids
– agave
– bromeliacee
– adenium
– palms
– ginger
– passionflower
– cactus
– plants of New Caledonia
– bonsai of various kinds

The area for the public is divided into various sections, namely:
– French Garden
– European Garden
– Stonehenge Garden
– Variegated Plants
– Cactus and Succulent Garden
– Ant Tower
– Butterfly Hill
– Orchid and Bromelia Display Garden
– Flower Valley

Even the Garden of pink flamingos and butterflies are a sensational attraction, without forgetting the presence of a beautiful Renaissance garden in Italian style, which houses many marble statues imported directly from Italy. There is also the famous Caribbean Walk, a walkway that winds between palm trees and plants from the Caribbean.
The beauty of these natural corners can also be admired from above, due to the presence of some suspended bridges and panoramic terraces.

 

Nong Nooch Gardens: curiosity

One of the most original features of this natural park is represented by the presence of many carved hedges, which depict the silhouettes of animals or other characteristic subjects. There are also pagodas and residences in typical Thai style, which you can visit.
A trip to the Nongnooch Gardens can not neglect the participation in the picturesque religious services, the martial arts demonstrations, the Thai massage sessions and, above all, the elephant shows that probably represent the most typical attraction of the whole structure.

Where, how, when

The Nong Nooch Gardens are located at

34/1 Moo 7 Najomtien District, Sattahip.
The opening hours, except variations are:
For the park, every day from 8 am to 6 pm.
For the restaurant open up to 10 pm, 365 days a year, including holidays.
The shows are held at the following times:

Show 1: 10: 30-11: 30
Show 2: 13: 30-14: 30
Show 3: 15: 30-16: 30
Show 4: 16: 30-17: 30

For all other info: http://www.nongnoochtropicalgarden.com/

 

Le vie del mare: a colorful idea to visit the parks on the Ligurian coast

The new “Vie del Mare” start from Marina Genova, to discover the most beautiful gardens and parks in Liguria.
The project was presented on the occasion of the eleventh edition of Yacht & Garden, which promoted the initiative.

The partnership between Marina Genova (www.marinagenova.it) and Ligurian Gardens (www.liguriangardens.com) is the result of the project “Le vie del mare”, which leads to the discovery of marvelous gardens and historical parks of Liguria, realized between the renaissance and the twentieth century and mostly overlooking the coast.

Villa della Pergola in Alassio (SV), Villa Durazzo Pallavicini in Genoa Pegli, Villa Serra di Comago in Sant’Olcese, the Abbey of Cervara di San Girolamo in Monte di Portofino and Villa Durazzo in Santa Margherita Ligure: these are the 5 parks of the Ligurian Gardens network that from Marina Genova can be reached by boat, thanks to the collaboration of the AYT nautical charter Yacht Travel Association.

The project was promoted by Yacht & Garden and was announced on the occasion of the eleventh edition of the event, which took place with great success on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May at Marina Genova. The exhibition-market dedicated to the Mediterranean garden, among the most important in the sector in Italy, has also become an appointment between experts and enthusiasts, united by the goal of spreading the culture of green. (www.yachtandgarden.it)

“Le vie del mare” aims to enhance the historical-cultural, landscape and botanical itinerary proposed by Ligurian Gardens, promoting and enhancing the excellence of Liguria in the world through a formula designed to meet in particular the needs and cultural sensitivity of the international boaters.

The 5 gardens

Villa Della Pergola, Alassio (SV)

“One of the wonders of the Riviera” so William Scott defined the Gardens of Villa della Pergola in his essay “The Riviera” 1907. Made in the late nineteenth century, the Gardens of Villa della Pergola represent a rare example of English garden in Italy, strictly linked to the history of the English Community in Alassio. Created in 1875 by General McMurdo, they passed, in the early 1900s, to Virginia Woolf’s cousin Sir Walter Darlymple and in 1922 to Daniel Hanbury who began an enrichment work drawing on the Mortola botanical gardens. The Park, restored by architect Paolo Peirone, covers an area of 22,000 square meters and is famous for the richness of its Mediterranean flora and exotic evergreen and for seasonal blooms. The Gardens host some important collections such as Glicini, with more than 30 varieties and the Agapanthus collection, unique in Europe, in terms of number and variety with over 400 species.

Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, Genova Pegli

The Pallavicini Park of Pegli, built between 1840 and 1846, designed by the architect Michele Canzio, at the behest of the Marquis Ignazio Alessandro Pallavicini, represents an excellence in the Italian and European romantic historical garden. A unique feature of this garden, spread over 8 hectares of hills, is that of being structured on a theatrical narrative with esoteric-Masonic nuances that make the visit a historical-cultural, landscape-botanical, but also meditative-philosophical experience. The tour itinerary is organized with scenes characterized by lakes, torrents, waterfalls, garden buildings, furnishings, rare plants, the oldest Italian collection of camellias, visual glimpses and ‘scenographic deceptions’ capable of appropriating the external panorama and dilating almost to infinity the boundaries of this “magical” place.

Villa Serra a Comago, Sant’Olcese (GE)

The Serra di Comago villa, with its 9-hectare English park, dates back to 1851, to a large and cultured reorganization in a neo-gothic style of the pre-existing Pinelli Gentile villa, its agricultural buildings and the valley bottom land of the Rio Comago. A picturesque tudor-style cottage and a crenellated tower, which became the hub for the entire design of the park, stood alongside the pre-existing buildings. Since 2005, the park has been equipped with the largest public collection of Hydrangee d’Italia, with about 2000 plants for over 260 varieties, both historic and cultivar.The park is public property, managed by the Villa Serra Consortium. In 1992 it was reopened to the public after a restoration that brought it back to its original lines, restoring visual axes, vegetation, routes and two lakes. It offers the local public, tourists and spouses refined, scenographic and elegant environments in a place deeply immersed in natural and suggestive landscapes.

La Cervara, Abbazia di San Girolamo al Monte di Portofino (GE)

The first inhabitants of the place were a few Benedictine monks who in 1361 founded a monastery dedicated to St. Jerome. What was once the garden of the monks, is today the only Italian Garden in Liguria overlooking the sea. The plants leaning against the walls or arranged along the borders are an integral part of the design of the Monumental Garden, as well as the vines of the ancient pergolas. In the flowerbeds, different flower species, to ensure blooms throughout the year, alternate with plants with colored foliage. The blooms of the centuries-old wisteria and of the rincospermo, or false jasmine, are important. In the Giardino dei Semplici, aromatic herbs alternate with a collection of rare potted citrus fruits.

Villa Durazzo – Santa Margherita Ligure

In the heart of the city, a large romantic park, overlooking the Gulf of Tigullio, encloses a splendid seventeenth-century villa. The historic park of Villa Durazzo extends for three hectares in a panoramic position in the city center and consists of three sections: the “Agrumeto”, the “Italian Garden”, from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the Gulf, characterized by hedges of box and myrtle, by numerous cycas plants and different varieties of nineteenth century camellias and the “English Romantic Forest” degrading along the slope of the hill, enriched by numerous species of exotic plants, statues and planters. The small Secret Garden, the Virna Lisi rose garden and the cobbled square with the typical Ligurian paving at risseu are romantic elements. The villa, built in 1678 by the Marquis Durazzo, contains an important Genoese school squares, antique furniture, refined Murano chandeliers and graniglia floors. The internal rooms and the external terraces are available for weddings, receptions, gala dinners, corporate events, photographic and film sets.

More infos

http://www.marinagenova.it/it-it/Le-Vie-del-Mare

Press office Marina Genova

Fede Gardella – 0039 335/8308666

Paola Iacona – 0039 349/5345983

Tel. 010/5761700 – gardella@studiocomunicazionegardella.it

Keukenhof 2018: everything and more about the most beautiful park in the world

On March 22nd, 2018, Keukenhof park reopened to the public, which, after the extraordinary success of last year, can celebrate its sixty-seven edition!

No wonder that in 2017 more than a million visitors from all over the world came to Holland to admire one of the most amazing floral shows on the planet, confirming once again how much the park is important for local and Dutch tourism.

 

The park

In the 32 hectares of land, over 7 million bulbous flowers flourish, including about 800 varieties of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many more. In addition to the show designed by the colors of flowers, Keukenhof you can also see 2700 trees perfect to enrich and inspire the charming atmosphere and the place unique.

Not only! Keukenhof also has about twenty floral exhibitions, various events and inspirational gardens from which to copy new and innovative ideas. Inside the park you can find various types of garden: from the English to the Japanese style, passing through the Historic Garden and coming to a labyrinth, playground and small zoo, created for the fun of children. No wonder if Keukenhof also won in 2017 the award for the most beautiful spring park in the world. It also hosted more than a million visitors worldwide for the second consecutive year in just 8 weeks.

 

The history

Keukenhof was born from an initiative of some growers / exhibitors who responded to the invitation of the then mayor of Lisse to create a showcase for professionals in the florist industry. In 1949 they chose an ideal location: the garden of the castle of Keukenhof, once part of the estate of Teylingen. After the death of Countess Jacoba van Beieren, the land became the property of wealthy merchants, including Baroness and Baroness Van Pallandt.

They asked Zocher Landscapers, who had already made plans for Vondelpark and the gardens of Paleis Soestdijk, to develop a plan for the garden that brought the castle back. Their English garden dated 1875 is still today the basis on which the current park is built.

The Keukenhof is rich in historical features and among many, has to tell innumerable anecdotes about tulips. In the seventeenth century, the richest invested heavily in tulip bulbs. With the statement of the middle class, a real fever was born for this flower, thanks to which traders earned sums of around 30000 € per month! Some sold their businesses and even family treasures to continue competing on the market, which collapsed sharply in 1637.

The Keukenhof mill is more than a century old. It was built in 1892 and used for polder reclamation. In 1957, it was bought by Holland Amerika Lijn, which later donated it to the park.

 

The theme of 2018: Romanticism

The theme of Keukenhof 2018 will be in the sign of Romance in Flowers. Romanticism and flowers are united by an inseparable bond. The Keukenhof Park will welcome visitors in a romantic spring atmosphere. The historic park was designed in full Romanticism (1857) as ornamental garden of the Keukenhof Castle. In the garden around the pond, between glorious tops and secular beech trees bloom from 1950 million tulips. Several generations have experienced great moments of joy. The ideal places to make a statement of love will be the romantic tulip garden or the Garden of Holiday Love. The theme of floral shows will also be the sign of Romanticism. The show of roses will be the biggest of the last few years, with the red rose symbol of true love. During the Keukenhof 2018 you will be able to admire a wonderful mosaic of flowers made with 50,000 bulb flowers. The season will end with Romanticism at the Keukenhof, the traditional music festival between tulips.

The main events of 2018

    • March 30th-April 2nd: Ancient Dutch traditions: in this weekend you will be able to experience the old Dutch atmosphere. In the park, there will be craftsmen who will present their products, markets with traditional cheese and performances in contemporary costumes.
    • April 18th-22nd: the Flower parade: April 21, in particular the Bloemencorso, the famous flower parade, which starts from Noordwijk to Haarlem and arrives, from Keukenhof around 15.30. Between 18th and 22nd, as well known in the parade, it will parade other minor in the area.
    • May 12nd-13rd: Keukenhof Romanticism: will be under the sign of Romanticism at the park’s last weekend, with classical music, costume characters dating back to the age and the enchanted atmosphere created by the flowers.

The tourism

Tourists from all over the world still visit Holland today to admire its icons: tulips, mills, Rembrandt, and the East Indies Company are among the most characteristic elements that rebuild the country’s history.

About 75% of visitors come from abroad, especially from Germany, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and China. There is also a significant growth in the number of tourism arrivals from South America, Eastern Europe and Asia. The floral sector in general and the Keukenhof in particular, are vital to the tourist image of the Netherlands.

The park is a great attraction, increasing the number of attendance also in the hotels, retail, catering, transportation, culture and events sectors, making a large number of visits during the low season.

The Keukenhof is a key attraction for floriculture, the Zuid-Holland region and the Netherlands, and makes a significant contribution to the country’s image in the world.

 

Pictures of the park

Visit the park

The Keukenhof will be open from March 22, 2018 to May 13, 2018.

Timetables

Every day from 8.30 to 19.30, with a ticket office closing at 18.00

Prices 2018

Adults: 18 € in a ticket office or 17 € on the website

Children (4-17 years): 8 €

Groups (+ 20 persons): 15.50 € ticketing or 14.75 € on the website

Car Parking: 6 €

Coach parking: free of charge

More info: www.keukenhof.nl

 

The Gardens of Villa della Pergola of Alassio: where nature meets the sea

History

One of the few examples of Anglo-Mediterranean park preservatosi over time, to Villa della Pergola, from the second half of the nineteenth century at the behest of the General McMurdo and Lady Napier wife who wanted to create a winter and spring residence on the Riviera.

In addition to the current villa that was originally the residence of the Counts of the Lengueglia, the land was mostly “inhabited” by terraced cultivation of citrus trees, carobs and olive trees that served to feed pack animals.

Thanks to the intervention of McMurdo, the park was enriched by numerous ornamental plants, transforming what until then was a farmland in an ornamental garden of all respect. To these first modifications, the McMurdo also added a new building, Villa Pergola, joining the two areas of the park with various wooden bridges that allowed the passage between one another without having to leave the park.

With the passage of the property to Sir Walter Hamilton Dalrymple in 1900, the park was enriched with new ornamental plants and cypress groves were introduced that still can be admired in the gardens of Villa Pergola.

In 1922, the property passed into the hands of one of Sir Thomas Hanbury’s sons, Daniel, who contributed to further enrich the park’s plant collection, including specimens such as the Washington palms, dactilifere, canariensis and azzurre, plus Mexican cicas more a collection of cactacea, agave and aloe.
With the outbreak of war, the park remained closed and under seizure until, in the first postwar period, Daniel’s widow, Ruth, did not take over the management and took care of the restoration of the park especially in areas near the two villas.

Then, in 1982, with the death of Ruth, the property was transferred for a few years in the hands of De Martini family that took care mainly of the restoration of the buildings until 2006, when a consortium of friends led by Silvia and Antonio Ricci bought the property, starting with a careful and enthusiastic restoration under the direction of architect Paolo Pejrone.

The first major intervention was to clean up the park from debris and herbaceous plants left by the past, then proceeding to safety and a gradual restoration, always keeping an eye on the past in order to preserve the glorious beauty and enchanting features that while changing, are still today a symbol of the park.

The wisteria has been introduced, and Agapants were already there, an important collection of agapantus has been created, which boasts over 300 different species.
E ‘was also created a collection of citrus, reintroduced cacti, giant birds of paradise and the great water collection tank has been realized an environment to host the lotuses.

 

The gardens today

Overlooking the Gulf of Alassio, Riviera di Ponente, the Gardens of Villa della Pergola, host a truly unique and incredible collection: in addition to the more than 400 varieties of agapanto that bloom in June and July, there are also 32 varieties of wisteria that appear with their colors and perfumes between March and April.

The park follows the natural course of the hill on several levels, joined by the characteristic pergolas that give the name to the Villa and on which the wisteria bloom in March and April.

In June and July of Pergola Villa gardens are colored in different shades of blue, light blue and white thanks to the Agapanthus blooms, whose flowers are arranged to form ordered rich shades of color similar to the waves of the sea; a unique collection in Europe for vastness and importance. In July, the park also blossomed Lotus flowers, aquatic plants cultivated in the tanks recovered from the old tanks for rainwater harvesting, restored in 2006 and restructured as the entire water network of the garden. The summer months are the ideal time for strolling in the colors of Mediterranean scrub and tropical vegetation. During this time the solanum, the bignons, the water lilies and the blue plumbago blossom, and reach their maximum splendor of plants and trees typical of the Mediterranean, like the olive trees in the park.

The Gardens of Villa della Pergola also have a collection of citrus flowers in bloom at the end of summer and early autumn.

 

 

Pictures of the Gardens

The Villa della Pergola

Villa della Pergola and Villino, restored to a conservative restoration by the architect Ettore Mocchetti, they reminiscently reflect the setting of British Victorian residences, bringing to life, through carefully crafted furnishings and a refined collection of watercolors and Victorian and Edwardian paintings, and the atmospheres of the epoch fin de siécle.

Secluded in the corner of the lush garden, the Casa del Sole owes its name to the particular position that makes it constantly flooded with natural light. The House of the Sun was a favorite place for the classic “tea of the five” and the Dalrymple and then Hanbury’s leisure moments.

The relais, consisting of Villa della Pergola with the Villino and the Casa del Sole, is open until the end of October: you can stay hosted and housed in the twelve suites that are different from each other and each one is dedicated to the many characters who in the past have stayed in Villa della Pergola or have been part of the English colony of Alassio.

Villa della Pergola has recently joined Small Luxury Hotels of The World, the international affiliate brand that gathers around some of the most luxurious little hotels and resorts in the world.

More info: www.villadellapergola.com  info@villadellapergola.com

 

The Restaurant of Villa della Pergola

Il Restaurant Nove, open all year round and directed by chef Giorgio Servetto, puts first place in seasonality and local products, making extensive use of citrus fruit, herbs and edible flowers in the park.

The NOVE restaurant and chef Giorgio Servetto received two hats in the Espresso Guide 2017 and two forks with a 80/100 vote in the Gambero Rosso Guide 2017 and the Authentic Cooking Certificate of the Italian Touring Club.

More info: www.noveristorante.it

 

Where , how, when

Giardini di Villa della Pergola

Via Cardellino,
17021 Alassio (Sv)

Gardens of Villa della Pergola are open from March to November and with its 22,000 sq. M the park is to be discovered all weekends (from late March to early November) with sightseeing tours starting at 9.30-11.30-15.00 -17.00. During the week you can book visits only for groups.

More infos:

Tel. +39.0182.646130 – +39.0182.646140 – info@giardinidivilladellapergola.com www.giardinidivilladellapergola.com

Tickets( 2017)

Single: 12 euro, FAI members: 10 euro, Boys 6 to 14 years: 6 euro

Free for children up to 6 years old accompanied by an adult.

School groups (park visit): 6 euro.

 

The Kew gardens of London

If you love nature, greenery and outdoor spaces, you will not be able to invade the prestigious Kew Gardens in London. The gardens, extending over a hundred and twenty acres of grassy surface, nowadays host over 40,000 species of shrubs. The original structure of the Kew Gardens dates back to 1650. It is in this precise historical period that the mighty Lord Capel of Tewkesbury began building the complex. During the following centuries, it was embellished, enriched and expanded by numerous other internationally renowned figures, who used many of their wealth to give greater prestige to Kew Gardens. This is the case, for example, of Princess Augusta (wife of Frederick of Hanover, then Prince of Wales), who gave orders to raise numerous new pavilions or George III who increased the size of the gardens, helped by Great mastery by William Aiton and Sir Joseph Banks, two British naturalists and botanists. During the 1840s, Kew Gardens gained a precious acknowledgment that helped them enter the status of a major national botanical garden. Less than two centuries later, in July 2003, gardens were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

There are many greenhouses within the Kew Gardens. The most famous is the Palm House and was designed, designed and built thanks to the work of Decimus Burton architect around 1845. Having become a true symbol of the Kew Gardens, it has been realized to accommodate in its interior the vast Exotic palm assortment. Inside the Palm House it was therefore necessary to restore climatic conditions similar to those of the tropical forest. The Temperate House, on the other hand, is made up of a central element, built around 1860, at which corners open two other polygonal greenhouses. The entire complex occupies an area of over 5,000 m², or more than twice that occupied by Palm House. The Temperate House has been designed to accommodate various kinds of shrub from various corners of the world. Among them, we can remember Jubaea Chilensis, the one that can in all respects be considered the largest indoor palm in the world. There are also many smaller greenhouses, such as Waterlily House, which has its own rare species of tropical aquatic plants, the Evolution House, which offers a variety of visitors a chance to see a path aimed at showing them the The plant’s evolutionary process and the Bonsai House, which, as conceivable by its name, hosts a large collection of bonsai inside it.

Near the Palm House, there are ten different marble statues depicting animals. Each statue features a special coat of arms and the entire sculptural complex is known all over the world with the name of Queen’s Beasts, or Queen’s Animals. Such a name is due to the fact that the original works of art were originally intended to be carved to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which took place in 1953. The sculptures today are merely copies of the original works . Tradition tells that every animal symbolically refers to a precise member of the Queen’s royal family.

Where, how, when

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE

Tube: Kew Gardens:Victoria Gate at 500m

Train: Kew Bridge (800m from Elizabeth Gate)

The  Kew Gardens every days open
from 10 am to 6.30 pm monday to thursday
from 10 am to 8.30 pm friday to sunday and holydays

More infos: www.kew.org