- Second place in the “Fountains and Sprouting Water Challenge” (December 5, 2011) launched by “All Glorious Gardens” Group – MANY THANKS TO THE MEMBERS WHO VOTED MY IMAGE
- Third placement in the “August challenge – Best photo of an old, ornate fountain in a park” (August 22, 2011 – MANY THANKS TO THE MEMBERS WHO VOTED MY IMAGE
- Featured in “A Garden somewhere” Group – September 19, 2009
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Botanical Garden at Villa Taranto, Verbania (Lake Maggiore, Italy)
The Gardens of Villa Taranto
“A beautiful garden does not need to be big, but it should be the realization of one’s dream, even though it is only a couple of square metres large and it is situated on a balcony”. So explained Captain Neil Mc Eacharn, the man who created these marvellous gardens. Many thousands of plants, brought from the far corners of the world, and rare collections, some of them unique in Europe and acclimatized after long laborious efforts, have been arranged with art in this beautiful setting, between the mountains and the lake.
In facts, back in 1931 the Scottish Captain decided to buy the estate called “La Crocetta” from the Marquise of Sant’Elia to transform it into a specimen of English Garden, situated in a strip of Italy which could remind him of his native Scotland, though it has more softness and wealth of tones. This work had to meet two basic requirements: the aesthetical and the botanical one. Botanical exigencies, as the different vegetations had to find the most ideal conditions of ground and climate. The stages of the creation of the new gardens saw different working stages, until their termination in 1940.
The botanical patrimony of the gardens of Villa Taranto contains nearly 1.000 non autochthonous plants and almost 20.000 genera and varieties of particular botanical importance.
The Villa is not open to the public, since it is used as seat of the Prefecture of the new Province of Verbano- Cusio-Ossola.
Since 1952 the gardens have been open to the public, from April to October, and the constantly rising number of visitors has now reached over 150.000 per year.