Giardino delle essenze dei Castelli di Lagnasco – EN
Inside the walls of the Lagnasco Castles has been introduced a Garden of Essences, where the cultivation of herbs, medicinal plants, fruit and vegetable crops introduces the theme of the garden with productive purposes, which characterized the Lagnasco Castles life in the Renaissance.
The Garden of Essences recalls the atmosphere of hortus conclusus, and refers to the physic garden layout, shown in the XVI century fresco by Pietro and Giovanni Angelo Dolce, preserved on the Northern wall of the Loggia delle Grottesche in the Eastern wing of the Castles, which detailed a view of the Castle of Lagnasco gardens.
The garden has an area of 1000 ms with rectangular beds distributed in three areas with a regular layout, completed by a pergola for growing vines and a crops in rows for fruit trees, such as apples and pears. Some existing in situ trees have been kept.
Especially tailored flower beds are planted with medicinal, aromatic and vegetable plants selected in collaboration with some professors of the Herbal Medicine degree course, based in Savigliano (University of Turin) and the Botanical Garden of the University of Turin (ref. Rosanna Caramiello).
A central area of the garden is left to lawn, to meet the need to create a leisure green space for visitors of the castle.
The main pedestrian avenue recalls the position of the ancient water channel.
The Herbs Garden mainly have an educational purpose, related to the history, production, use and transformation of herbs, ornamental plants, fruits and vegetable has a purpose mainly educational
The main function of the Herbs Garden is for educational purposes, related to the history, production, use and transformation of herbal, ornamental crops, friut and vegetable plants.
The creation of the “Garden of the Essences” is part of a larger territorial development initiative, called “Essenza del territorio, a network for fragrances and flavors of Savoy ways“, which aims to create a cultural and landscape heritage network, linked to the surrounding area agricultural tradition.
Immagine: Pietro e Giovanni Angelo Dolce: il castello di Lagnasco e i giardini cinquecenteschi, c.1570. Affresco. Lagnasco, castello di levante, Loggia delle Grottesche.
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