The English green Paradise in Liguria


On 25 and 26 March 2022 Villa Marigola will host in Lerici (SP) the study days «The Paradise of the English in the Ligurian Riviera. Stories, landscapes and people ».
This is an unprecedented study on the incredible heritage of parks and residences created by illustrious English personalities who, at the turn of the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, chose Liguria as a winter holiday destination, giving life to incredible exotic gardens .
Thus, on the first weekend of spring Villa Marigola - an architectural pearl owned by Crédit Agricole - becomes the ideal center of gravity of that "marvelous extension of undulating coasts of hills above a background of high mountains lying in a semicircle from east to west", as described by Giovanni Ruffini in Doctor Antonio, the novel published in Edinburgh in 1855, which gave a strong impetus to the Ligurian Riviera for its mild climate and the beauty of its coasts.
The conference, strongly supported by Marco Barotti, curator of Villa Marigola, as well as founding member of the Friends of Villa Marigola Golfo dei Poeti Association, is organized by this institution with Grandi Giardini Italiani as part of the 2022 cultural events designed to celebrate 25 years since the founding of the network created by the English entrepreneur Judith Wade.
The scientific direction of the conference was entrusted to Maria Chiara Pozzana, a well-known landscape architect, founding member of the AIAPP association and member of ICOMOS Italia. The two days has already obtained the prestigious recognition of the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, the Liguria Region, the Municipality of Lerici, the University of Genoa, the British Embassy, the FAI-Fondo Ambiente Italiano, the Mediterranean Garden Society, the Garden Club La Spezia and Gardenia magazine.
Here the program of the study days>
Here are some previews>

Cover photo Dario Fusaro (Courtesy Crédit Agricole)


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