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The splendor of rhododendrons, azaleas and other acidophiles

''Purple Gardens'' is a journey to discover azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and much more through the gardens of the Network Grandi Giardini Italiani.

''Purple Gardens'' is an itinerary that includes 17 Grandi Giardini Italiani, far away between them, but joined by the choise to adorn their large and beautiful spaces with these colorful plants.

These plants, not being able to live anywhere in the ground, have a very limited frequency on the Italian territory. They were introduced in Italy in nineteenth century imported by England, France and even directly from the United States.

In your journey in the 17 Grandi Giardini Italiani involved in the project, you will discover many varieties, more or less rare.
The route gardens are:
Parco di San Grato (Lugano, CH)
Merian Gärten (Basilea, CH)

Isola Madre (Stresa, VB)
Parco di Palazzo Malingri di Bagnolo (Bagnolo, CN)
Oasi Zegna (Trivero, BI)

Villa Serra (Genova)

Villa del Grumello (Como)
Giardini di Villa Melzi d'Eril (Bellagio, CO)
Villa Carlotta (Tremezzina, CO)
Parco Botanico della Fondazione Minoprio (Vertemate con Minoprio, CO)
Giardini di Villa Monastero (Varenna, LC)
Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta (Milano, MI)

Trentino Alto Adige
Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff (Merano, BZ)
Parco delle Terme di Levico (Levico, TN)

Giardino Bardini (Firenze)
Giardini di Villa Gamberaia (Settignano, FI)

Centro Botanico Moutan (Vitorchiano, VT)
Parco di San Grato (Lugano, CH)
Its extension of 62,000 square metres contains the largest and most complete collections of azaleas, rhododendrons and conifers of the entire Regio Insubrica. The massed expanses of azaleas and rhododendrons are intersected by five paths leading to the most evocative corners of the park.

Merian Gärten (Basel, CH)
The Merian Gärten are the perfect place to relax. Once the estate of wealthy agriculturist Christoph Merian, the grounds today accommodate grand gardens of stunning beauty.
In spring hundreds of iris, peonies, rhododendrons, clematis and fuchsia
burst into bloom in a myriad of colors. Hot summer days are heavy with the
scent of lavender while century-old trees cast cool shade in the historical
landscape garden.
Isola Madre (Stresa, VB)
The luxuriant garden makes this magic Island unique, brimming with rare and exotic plants from every latitude, proof of the family's interest in botany over the centuries.
Originally it was a fruit orchard, then an olive grove followed by a citrus orchard. The Island took on its present aspect of romantic English park in the early nineteenth century.
Expert gardeners and botanists, assisted by the perfect mild climate, knowledgeably integrated the collections over time with new species, flowering continuously and exuberantly for visitors.

Parco di Palazzo Malingri di Bagnolo (CN)
Walking through the castle park has never been so impressive! From May you can admire the colorful rhodes and the beautiful hydrangeas.

There are several appointments to admire these fantastic blooms.
It starts with Dal Parco al Castello in early May and continues with the next three Sundays in which you can admire the flowering of rhododendrons. At the end of June the appointment not to be missed is with Hortensias, from Sunday 24 June to Sunday 1 July, an event dedicated to the discovery of elegant hydrangeas.
Oasi Zegna (Trivero, BI)
Do not miss the wonderful flowering of the Rhododendron Conca between mid-May and mid-June.

From April to July you can discover the charms of an unspoiled oasis through suggestive itineraries!

Villa Serra (Genova)
The park houses a magnificent collection of hydrangeas: it is the first public collection in Italy with nearly 300 species, for a total of 1800 plants.
Made since 2004 on the project and design of the Studio Ghigino & Associates Architects, in collaboration with Alessandra Borgioli and Roberto Taddei, the collection traces the history of hydrangeas from 1736 to today, in Europe and in Italy.

Villa del Grumello (Como)
Take the time to discover a park that is organized according to a romantic compositional design where the panoramic paths enhance the many lookouts and different environments: the majestic cedar and the group of maritime pines, the row of magnolias, the pond fed by the nearby source, which grow lush lotus flowers, water lilies and other varieties.

From 2016 the botanical path has been enriched with the presence of a collection of hydrangeas whose planting in the Grumello Park was carried out with the collaboration of the Agri-environmental Institute of San Vincenzo di Albese con Cassano.

Giardini di Villa Melzi d'Eril (Bellagio, CO)
Enjoy yourself in the magic of Lake Como walking in the beautiful park of the Villa, where you can see ancient trees, giant hedges of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas.

Villa Carlotta (Tremezzina, CO)
Villa Carlotta welcomes you with its magnificent botanic garden and art masterpieces in over 70.000 square metres of gardens and museum.

The gardens of Villa Carlotta chiefly owe their reputation to the rhododendrons' and azaleas' spring flowering, consisting of over 150 different sorts.

But the gardens are worth to visit in every period of the year: old varieties of camellias, century old cedars and sequoias, huge planes and tropical plants, the Rock garden and the Ferns valley, the Rhododendrons wood and the Bamboos garden, the agricultural tools museum and the wonderful views on the lake built in the ages the celebrity of this place, still today consider ''a place of heaven''.

Parco Botanico della Fondazione Minoprio (Como)
Let's visit Minoprio Park! You can admire a magnificent Magnolia grandiflora, a centenary Lime, a spectacular blossoming in spring of tulips and in autumn of Korean chrysanthemums.

Giardini di Villa Monastero (Varenna, LC)
In the park you can admire in almost all seasons an explosion of colors, shapes and scents, which extend for about 2 km, from Varenna to the nearby hamlet of Fiumelatte.

Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta (Milano)
Marveling is an imperative by walking through the gardens, the eighteenth-century fountains of Galatea and Neptune, the park with 820 trees of 56 different species and the restored Serre Liberty, warm greenhouses built between the second half of the 800 and the first of 900, used to host a magnificent collection of tropical plants including orchids, date palms and coffee.

Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff (Merano, BZ)
Merano's botanical garden is set apart by its extraordinary landscapes. The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle encompasses more than twelve hectares and has an altitude differential of 100 meters. The designers of the botanical gardens had the fortune of being given a truly remarkable site, affording them boundless creative possibilities.

Let's visit and discover the more than 300 species and varieties of rhododendrons in Sissi Garden!

Parco delle Terme di Levico (Levico, TN)
The park recently underwent major improvement work, and in addition to the large monumental trees, fortunately not subjected to the pollarding pruning system, it is home to hundreds of newly planted bush species, grouped together in themed areas: viburnum, Cornus, Hydrangeae, Spriaea, roses and peonies.

Between May and June the Avenue of the Hydrangeas is beautiful with its explosion of scents and colors.

Giardino Bardini (Firenze)
In the fantastic views of Florence you'll be kidnapped in admiring the more than 60 varieties of hydrangeas that color and make this place unique.

Villa Gamberaia (Settignano, FI)
A garden not to be missed that inspired for its architectural perfection the work of two great contemporary landscape artists such as Geoffrey Jellicoe, to whom we owe the remarkable garden restoration of Sutton Place in England, and Peter Porcinai, son of a gardener of the Gamberaia, who signed over 1100 projects between Italy and the rest of the world.

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