One of the first sculpture to meet you in the Heller garden

Where ever we go on holiday – I will find a garden to visit! After a rainy Sunday, where we were content to read books and walk the promenade, we decided Monday was the day to exploreg. Purchasing a ‘Navigarda’ ticket paying a bit more for the hydrofoil but claiming our discount too, we set of to explore the lake. Sailing from Limone to MalcesineΒ then on to Gardone. It was still grey and raining heavily so we went down to the lower deck and experienced the hydrofoil planing over the lake. As Gardone came into view the rain let off a bit… The Heller Garden is a short walk from the ferry stop, even as you enter, you know it’s somewhere special.

Not a botanic garden but one filled with whimsy, an abundance of plants, every corner of the space used. Gardens within gardens, quiet tranquil spaces, ponds, sculptures, interactive sculpture, overflowing with humour! The visitor is encouraged to explore the tiny paths, climb the craggy “hills”, smell the flowers, ponder the views. You need sensible footwear, the paths climb the sloping garden and winds around and through bamboo, wooded areas, even the paths are wittily dotted with mosaic creatures.

Around every corner, there is something to make you laugh out loud, amuse, consider. Flowers to delight; from grasses, trees, roses, orchids, alliums, bamboo stands, several ponds, gardens reflecting different areas of the world.

Peopled by tiny sculptures, towering above you, waving or drowning? Watching or just waiting? I loved these little figures hidden among the flowers or standing sentinel over the garden.

Picnic on the lawn - Heller Garden

Quirky sculpture inviting you to dinner – Amaryllis anyone?

Orchids - Heller garden

Orchids at eye level to enjoy, refreshed by the rain…

This is a garden for everyone to enjoy, although small, you can get lost in it on every level, though I imagine it will get busy at high season. There is a little kiosk at the top of the garden where you can sit and savour the garden over an espresso. There is so much to see, we went around twice and still discovered places we hadn’t seen first time round. And then the rain came down again πŸ™‚ Part two tomorrow!

Have a great day!