Rain soaked Rose

As you climb the path to the ticket office, be surprised by a little garden hut brightly decorated and warm welcome – even the tickets are a work of art! A map lists the trees and sculptures, even now I’m astonished at how much there is to be enjoyed in the garden – and that’s before you consider the planting 😀

Under leaden skies and drizzle; the orchids were a burst of colour, most were at eye level so they could be really appreciated. There were several varieties scattered around the site. Many different countries are represented throughout the garden including Bougainvillea which abounded in our African gardens. The plant list was useful when coming across something unusual…

Hidden in the gardens are a wealth of stunning art works including ‘Mostri Sputani‘ (Spitting monsters) created by Andre Heller;  or  ‘Homo Horribilis‘ quietly eating himself. There are plenty of well known artist’s work to be discovered as you traverse the garden.

Don’t rush through the garden or you may miss a few effects, mist suddenly covering the pond, causing the sculpture to become more malevolent! Mosaic creatures lead the way into the garden as you start to climb the hill but there is just too much to see, you do need to go around at least twice. Look up also, sometimes the sculpture is above head height…

Rest room Art

And when you need a rest stop? Even the loo has art to admire…

Crane sculpture

Among the Acers, a crane spreads her wings as if about to take flight.There are several different ponds or Lago including Lago Monet, Lago Koi, Lago dei Poeti beside the Cactus house. An Ivy tunnel, Rose garden, African Savannah, rocky areas and small ‘mountains’ to climb, from where you can survey the garden and realise you’ve missed half of it out!

Above are huge Purple Amethyst from Uruguay, truly impressive. We spent a few minutes walking around them to convince ourselves that they were real. ‘Ivy’s tunnel‘ ends (or starts) with a large wooden heart, there is so much whimsy and love in this garden.  Linger in the rose garden and inhale the delicious sweet fragrance. It was good to visit early in the season before it becomes too hot. We returned full of ideas for our own garden…

Rose garden

Hope you feel inspired today too – thanks for stopping by!