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October 11, 2016 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

Orticolario proved to be one of most cherished and appreciated event among those for gardening enthusiasts with more than 23.000 visitors

Moritz Mantero, president of Orticolario, stated: ”With this eighth edition, Orticolario proved to be an International event, not just for the presence of foreign exhibitors and nursery farmers, but also for the increasing amount of foreign visitors from France, Switzerland and England. Not to mention, this year winner of “La Foglia d’Oro del Lago di Como” is Satoru Tabata (Enzo): Japanese designer of the exhibition “Vedere con le orecchie, ascoltare con gli occhi” along with Spazio Floema. Even the Spanish landscape designer Fernando Caruncho, winner of the award “Per un giardinaggio evoluto”, has been fascinated by Orticolario. Crearly Orticolario is able to induce great emotions, fusing passion for nature with art and design within a setting made of beauty and elegance”.


Oddities of this eighth edition…

Visitors had the possibility during the past three days of the event, from 30th  September to 2nd  October, to discover 250 exhibitors and their “stories beyond leafs”; to admire inside Villa Erba Garden flowerbeds of more than 20 varieties of anemone, flower of the wind and protagonist of this year edition; to experience the eight creative spaces selected during the International contest; to be intrigued by art pieces and exhibitions created by artists and designers; to listen to tales and advices of writers, researchers, gardening experts. Even children had the chance to experience nature while having fun through many workshops designed just for them.

Here some oddities of this concluded eighth edition:

For the first time on show, “Smeralda Green Show”, the “green” rose without thorns has been presented during the event and created by Twelve Energy, an Italian-Indian society that had built the world biggest site of photovoltaic greenhouses in Villasor, Sardinia. The “Smeralda Green Show” has a peculiar appearance, green and lush without thorns; nurtured in the soil, can reach three-metres height and grows of a centimetre per diem after stems cutting. The innovation of Smeralda Green Show consists in its decorative branches (which come from Corallo Eretta™ – Patfru variety) without thorns  and very flexible, permitting to manipulate them easily.

Orticolario did also want to pay homage to Villa Erba, planting again two Salix babylonica “Pendula” (nurtured by Piante Mati, Pistoia, since 1909), weeping willows which already were inhabiting the “Laghetto delle carpe” area since few years ago until their death.

First anemones of the season, 800 specimens sent by Ligurian coast nursery farmers,  were used for floral demonstrations directed by Rudi Casati, professor at Fondazione Minoprio.

Two visitors worth mentioning who attended this year event were: Luc Noël, creator and presenter of RTBF Belgian Tv program “Jardin et loisirs”, and Louis Benech, renown French landscape designer who had restored Tuileries gardens in Paris.

Orticolario 2016 awards go to…

On 30th September were presented the awards that international Committees assigned to those installations proposed by this year event exhibitors and considered to be the best (details in the press release attached).

After 2016 event, the Scientific Committee is already working on the ninth edition, that will take place on 29th – 30th September and 1stOctober 2017.

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