THE PROGRAMME

BLOSSOMING
MEETINGS

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EVENTS

FLY WITH US FROM FLOWER TO FLOWER.

  • Friday 23th September: h.16:00
  • Saturday 24th September: 10:00 AM, 12:00 AM, 3:00 PM
  • Sunday 25th September: 10:00 AM, 12:00 AM,  3:00 PM

FORAGING COURSE: BECOME A FORAGER! Come and play wild.

  • Saturday 24th September: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM / 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Sunday 25th September: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM / 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

TOUR OF THE PARK TOGETHER WITH CARLO CONTESSO.

  • Saturday 24th September: 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM
  • Sunday 25th September: 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM

TREE CLIMBING SHOW.

  • Friday 23th September: 4:30 PM
  • Saturday 24th September: 10:00 AM, 12:00 AM, 3:00 PM
  • Sunday 25th September: 10:00 AM, 12:00 AM, 3:00 PM

PAINTING AT THE CASTLE. FLOWERS, FRUITS AND BRUSHES. Botanical watercolor course.

  • Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September from 9.30 AM to 5.00 PM (with 1 break hour)

COME AND BRAID THE NATURE.

  • Saturday 24th September: from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM and from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Sunday 25th September: from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM and from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

REALIZE YOUR THOUGHT OF THE HEART. FLOWER DESIGN. Mini Workshop.

  • Saturday 24th September: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday 25th September: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM

LET’S DISTILL THE GIN WITH THE AROMATIC HERBS OF THE PARK.

  • Saturday 24th September: 10:30 AM
  • Sunday 25th September: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

GRANDI GIARDINI ITALIANI: THE ESSENCE OF PARADISE.

  • Friday 23th September: 4:30 PM

CONFERENCE – ARCH. CARLO PEJRONE

  • Saturday 24th September: 3:00 PM

COOKING THE GARDEN.

  • Sunday 25th September: 2:30 PM

EVENTS DETAILS

FLY WITH US FROM FLOWER TO FLOWER

Thanks to the experience guide of Lorenzo Ciceri, Apicoltori Riuniti Group, you will meet the bees of the castle. You will find out how a beehive and wax sheets are made.
Lorenzo will reveal the secrets of the world of bees and their importance for the ecosystem.
At the end of the tour, Lorenzo Ciceri will wait for you at his stand where you can discover and taste his honey production, including the Castle honey, royal jelly, propolis and many other specialties.

The tour starts from the stand of Apicoltori Riuniti

FORAGING COURSE: BECOME A FORAGER! Come and play wild.

A workshop to learn to recognize and collect edible wild plants and discover their use for cooking by preparing and bringing healthy and delicious dishes to the table.
The course is signed by Wooding Wild Food Lab, the most important research center on the use of wild food for human nutrition founded in 2010 by Valeria Margherita Mosca.
During the foraging experience the group will cross the castle park to be able to fully connect with it. The short trek will lead you to discover the plants and botanicals that grow luxuriantly in this natural oasis. It is suitable for people, even for those who do not have skills or resistance. However, crossing a natural place like the park makes it advisable to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can adapt to rough and wet terrain.
The walk in the wildest points of the park will be interspersed with breaks in which the teacher will bring attention to a series of wild ingredients useful for the realization of small recipes that can be easily made at home by each participant. Each ingredient will be tasted, in its botanical and organoleptic characteristics and curiosities and exquisite dishes will be suggested in the cooking. The foraging experience becomes a light, engaging and fun didactic moment for everyone: women, men, and children.

Registration is required. Limited availability.

To participate, write to info@verdegrazzano.it or contact the number +39 347 4650324

Valeria Margherita Mosca is an environmental researcher, forager and director of Wooding Food Lab. She has contributed to numerous international gastronomy congresses and is a consultant for important gastronomy companies as well as research institutes such as UNIMONT, University of California Davis, Slow Food with the ‘University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo, Unimont, Legambiente, ERSAF, Mountain Wilderness and others.

TOUR OF THE PARK TOGETHER WITH CARLO CONTESSO.
A walk to discover the park.

The tour of the park together with Carlo Contesso, famous garden designer, is the perfect time to discover the Grazzano Visconti Castle Park. Carlo will show you a unique green in the world, the eclectic style of the park designed by Duke Giuseppe Visconti in which very different views and styles coexist in harmony: the symmetries of the Italian garden, the romanticism of the woods and the fragrant rose gardens, the exoticism of the bamboo and the baroque of the statues and fountains

Meeting and departure: in front of the Castle door

Carlo Contesso – Graduated in Garden Design at the University of Greenwich (UK, 2000) achieved a Master’s in Natural Resources at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (USA, 2009). Freelance and teacher, he has designed and followed the construction of private gardens in England, Italy and the United States of America and he is curator of the Borgo Plantarum event. In addition to his activity as a designer, since 2006 he has been publishing a column on planting design in “Gardenia”.

TREE CLIMBING SHOW.
Come and discover the trees up to the tip.

During the show you will be able to admire the tree climbing evolutions of our arborist Matteo Ciani, who with his company Vertical Tree collaborates with the Tuscan Mountain Community and also operates in Emilia-Romagna, Lazio and Lombardy, and together with agronomist doctors forms intervention teams specialized in tree care and appraisals for consolidation and felling. And seeing its twirls among the cedar foliage of the castle park is a show not to be missed!

Meeting point: tree-stand of Vertical Tree

Vertical Tree was born in 2014 after a long training and experience gained thanks to the collaboration with the Tuscan Mountain community. It collaborates with other specialist operators in the sector and forms specialized intervention teams for pruning and felling in tree climbing, tree consolidation, restoration of large green areas and maintenance of gardens and public green areas. It operates in various regions and mainly in Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio and Lombardy.

PAINTING AT THE CASTLE: FLOWERS, FRUITS AND BRUSHES.
Botanical watercolor course.

To discover and compete with the art of botanical watercolor together with the artist and painting teacher Adriana Basso, who joined the Académie Européenne des Artsche in 2022. Adriana exhibits in numerous events dedicated to greenery. She has been present for three editions at Verde Grazzano to amaze and involve all fans with his nature-themed art and technique.

The course lasts two days: Saturday 24th September and Sunday 25th September.
It is suitable for everyone, even beginners.
Hours: from 9.30 to 17.00 (with 1 break hour).
The course is subject to a fee. Compulsory registration by 20th September. Limited seats.
For information write to info@verdegrazzano.it

Adriana Basso was born in Treviso in 1974.
After high school, she graduated in architecture from the IUAV in Venice.
In the same degree course, she starts working at the family construction company she supervises some restoration sites.
She shared her time between her work in the company and her mother’s but, at the same time, she tried to find time for her great passion for art and painting, born in school. In June 2012 she meets Maria Rita Stirpe, who leads her to botanical painting.
In March 2017 she graduated in botanical painting, with honors, from the “Society of botanical artist” in London.
You have exhibited her works on several occasions. Among these two personal exhibitions stand out: “The natural art of color” at Villa Contarini in Piazzola sul Brenta in May 2014 and at the “Gatti Projects” exhibition hall in Treviso in March 2015.
In 2022 she joined the Académie Européenne des Arts, in whose museum she exhibited four of her works: two botanical watercolors and two acrylics.
She exhibits one of her works at the MOAM (Museum of Modern Art) in Barcelona.
She also had the honor of donating one of her works to the highly prized Cav. Mario Boselli who wrote to her: “… beautiful, delicate, very elegant watercolor of roses …”

 

 

COME AND BRAID THE NATURE.
And discover the secrets of rural art.

Ettore Gastini, professor of art and expert in rural art, will teach you how to make a trivet with the rush or cover a bottle.
The little object that you have created will be your souvenir from Verde Grazzano.

The duration of the workshop is approximately 15 minutes.
Reservation required. Limited seats.
To participate, write to: info@verdegrazzano.it  or contact the number +39 3474650324

 The workshop will be held at Ettore Gastini’s stand.

Ettore Gastini was born in 1951 in Moglia in the province of Mantua. He graduated from the Art Institute of Modena and then from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In the early 70s he began to carry out artistic activities by participating in numerous personal and collective painting exhibitions.
From 1984 he began to work as a teacher, in 1988 he entered the Guidizzolo Art Institute as a teacher of Pictorial Disciplines. In 2009 he began to take an interest in peasant art, studying more thoroughly the techniques and the expressive and the potential of poor materials such as willow, vitalba, amorphous, rush, tipha, etc …
The herbs and shrubs are directly cultivated, harvested, and dried and then used according to various needs. Particular attention is paid to the study of rural crafts typical of the Lombard-Emilian plain. He carries out information activities and courses on weaving techniques during fairs dedicated to nature and the territory.

REALIZE YOUR THOUGHT OF THE HEART.
Flower design – mini workshop.

Saturday 24th September: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday 25th September: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Vincenza Monigliani, aka Viola Fiore, florist and flower artist awaits you at her stand to create a “thought of the heart” together: a small heart-shaped floral composition made with beargrass and gypsophila threads (bridal veil), woven with rope or ribbon, or raffia.

The workshop lasts about 30 minutes.
Reservations required by 20 September. Limited seats.
Price: € 10.00
To participate, write to: info@verdegrazzano.it or contact the number 347-4650324

The workshop will be held at the Viola Fiore stand

Vincenza Molignani, aka Viola Fiore, is a florist a little distant from the Italian tradition. A few years ago she obtained the European professional diploma at FederFiori and, after having acquired the technique, she discovered her compositional style.
Her creations are all made respecting the freedom of flowers and their seasonality and following their instinctive direction. She always works with leaves, branches, ropes, paper and fabric and recovers disused materials and objects by combining them with flowers.
She works her articles in her shop and offers them exclusively online: violafiore.it and on the Instagram page

LET’S DISTILL THE GIN WITH THE AROMATIC HERBS OF THE PARK.

Saturday 24th – 10.30 AM
Sunday 25th – 10.30 AM and 4.30 PM

Piercesare Licini distills a London Dry Gin with the flowers and aromatic herbs of the Castle Park together with the botanicals grown on the fields of the ChezMoonshine farm located on the hills of Valtrebbia.
While the gin bubbles in the still, Piercesare will tell you, the gin’s history.

The demonstration lasts approximately 45 minutes.

At the end of the demonstration, you can also taste an excellent gin-based cocktail.

Meeting point: stand of ChezMoonshine

GRANDI GIARDINI ITALIANI: THE ESSENCE OF PARADISE.

Presentation of the new book published by Franco Maria Ricci to celebrate 25 years of Grandi Giardini Italiani and tell the beauty of the green spaces of our beautiful country.

At Verde Grazzano Franco Maria Ricci presents the book “Grandi Giardini Italiani The Essesnce of Paradise” to celebrate 25 years of the largest Italian green network created with the aim of promoting and enhancing the most beautiful gardens in Italy.
A celebratory volume that tells the beauty of exotic, hidden, Renaissance and Baroque gardens, botanical gardens and Sacred Woods; a network of 147 gardens in 14 different regions of Italy, an immense heritage rich in nature, history and art, which Grandi Giardini Italiani has transformed into protagonists of the national tourist panorama.

Judith Wade, founder, and CEO of Grandi Giardini Italiani, tells the story that led to the realization of the dream of bringing the owners and curators together in a single network that includes the most beautiful gardens that can be visited in Italy. “I am very happy that this book is in print in time to celebrate 25 years of Grandi Giardini Italiani. An original project, an adventure to discover people who share the need to pass on to future generations a heritage of inestimable value. They are the ones who make Great Italian Gardens “great”.

Inside an essay by the writer and journalist Delfina Rattazzi, an itinerary of surprising variety of our green spaces with the story of each one: from the Moutan Botanical Center in Vitorchiano, to Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore, to the Botanical Garden of Palermo; and an anthology edited by the art historian Catherine Napoleon, a literary walk through the gardens created by the words of writers, those of the past and those of today.
The texts are accompanied by magnificent full-page images of the most beautiful views, hidden corners and the most evocative views of our cultural and natural heritage.

Grandi Giardini Italiani
The essence of Paradise
Pages: 276
Scripts of Judith Wade, Delfina Rattazzi and Caterina Napoleone
Size: 28, 5 x 30
Price: € 70,00
Release date: 6 aprile
Press Office:
Orsola Bontempi – email press@francomariaricci.com
Maria Chiara Salvanelli | Press Office & Communication
email ufficiostampa@francomariaricci.com
mariachiara@salvanelli.it – cell +39 333 4580190

CONFERENCE – ARCH. CARLO PEJRONE

Saturday 24th – 3.00 PM
Courtyard of the castle

Paolo Pejrone, the most international landscape architect in Italy,
creator and founder of the most important events dedicated to greenery, on the topic:
SIMPLE, STURDY AND ABOVE ALL HORIZONTAL ….Practical advice for an easy and “sustainable” garden.

PAOLO PEJRONE
Architect
Born in Turin on 7 June 1941
Studio in Revello (CN) – Via San Leonardo, 1 – Italy

PAOLO PEJRONE, graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic of Turin (1969), was a pupil of Russell Page and Roberto Burle Marx.
Since 1970 he has been working as a Garden Architect in Italy, France, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Greece, England, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Principality of Monaco, and Austria, designing gardens especially in the private sector (about 800).
In 1979 he was a founding member of the A.I.A.P.P. Italian Association of Landscape Architects.
He was Vice President for Italy of the I.D.S., International Dendrology Society of London
Honorary Member of the “Les Amateurs de Jardins” Association of Paris.
Winner (in 1988) of the “BICOCCA – PIRELLI” International Competition in Milan (as designer of green areas) with prof. arch. Vittorio Gregotti.
Member of the Institut Européen des Jardins et Paysages.
In 1998 he was the creator, founder, and President of the “Three Days for the Garden at the Castle of Masino” Exhibition-Market, which is still held today in the two versions Spring and Autumn.
Founder and President of the Piedmontese Academy of the Garden.
Founder and former President of the Amici del Castello di Racconigi Association.
Former President A.P.G.I. Parks and Gardens Association of Italy.
He has collaborated with the newspapers LA STAMPA and LA REPUBBLICA.
He collaborates monthly with “Gardenia”.
He has published the books:
“For a garden of graceful inspiration” (Condè Nast, 1982);
“In the garden you are never alone – Diary of a curious gardener” (Feltrinelli, 2002);
“The true gardener does not give up – Chronicles of ordinary patience” (Feltrinelli, 2003);
“My gardens” (April 2008) which inaugurated the new series The books di Ville e Giardini by Mondadori Arte;
“The happy gardens” (March 2009) – The books of Ville e Giardini of Mondadori Arte;
“The patience of the gardener” (October 2009) – Einaudi;
“Chronicles from a garden” (April 2010) – Mondadori Arte;
“In the garden, in winter” (November 2013) – Electa Mondadori;
“Autumn leaves” (October 2014) – Electa Mondadori;
“A simple garden” (April 2016) – Einaudi;
“The gardener’s doubts” (June 2021) – Einaudi.

COOKING THE GARDEN.

At Verde Grazzano, Valeria Margherita Mosca presents her book published by Giunti, with many botanical files and 60 recipes for everyone to learn to recognize and use wild plants and spontaneous herbs in the kitchen

Sunday 25th – 2.30 PM
Courtyard of the castle

Valeria Margherita Mosca, researcher, environmentalist, and forager, leads us into a world as fascinating as accessible to all: the interior of our backyards, gardens and parks, the green spaces of our cities, a world that offers us a great variety of ingredients of plant origin.

Opening the doors of her kitchen, Valeria reveals to us how to make many original, tasty, and sustainable recipes, using proximity plants such as herbs, roots, seeds and barks, even flower petals such as geranium and roses, daisies and cornflowers, and garden trees such as hawthorn and red maple.

From raw rosehip jam to Jerusalem artichoke savory pie, from wild garlic, oil, and chili pasta, to grilled figs with herbs and lichen bread: 60 preparations distributed over the twelve months of the year, depending on the season, accompanied
from cards dedicated to the most common botanicals with information on harvesting techniques and a section dedicated to the botanical species used to allow everyone to experience a healthy diet by cooking the harvested products with their own hands.

Valeria Margherita Mosca is a collector, environmental hiking guide, chef and a 360-degree nature lover. In 2010 she founded wood * ing wild food lab, a research and experimentation laboratory on the use of wild food for human food and nutrition, which she now runs. She has participated with your scientific contribution in numerous congresses of high gastronomy in the world; She is also a consultant for important companies in the food and sustainability scene. She works closely with various national and international organizations in the field of gastronomic research and environmental protection.

“During the lockdown, when we could not leave the house, I started giving botanical advice on my Instagram profile to offer the opportunity to discover the incredible variety of species that hide even in a simple condominium lawn or in the balcony pots. Not everyone can reach wild places like I do for my research, and so I turned a situation of boredom and constraint into a precious opportunity “.

Cooking the garden
Valeria Margherita Mosca
Edition: Giunti

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