« Favorite Super Bowl Commercials | Main | Page 123 Meme »

Hanbury Garden 2

I thought I would talk a bit more about Hanbury Garden or Giardini Botanici Hanbury as it is known in Italian. This lovely garden is located just over the Italian border from Menton. You can walk along the Ligurian trail to it if you had enough energy. But we choose to drive when we visited it in October.

It is located outside of Ventimiglia in a hamlet called La Mortola. It was originally created by Sir Thomas Hanbury in 1867. Today the 18 hectares are maintained by the University of Genoa.

He encouraged plant hunters to send him exotic specimens that they collected. The warm microclimate in this section of the Riviera allowed the plants to naturalize and grow. There are extensive collections of succulents, cycads, and other semi-tropical plants mixed with bubbling fountains, terraces and winding stairs giving way to sea vistas. Also on the property is a lovely villa which unfortunately is not open to the public. But you can stroll along the logia and dream of what it might have been to live in this garden.

Giardini Botanici Hanbury from Wikipedia

Villa at Hanbury Garden Italy

Loggia at Hanbury

Comments (1)

Thanks for posting more info on the Hanbury Gardens. I thought the building in the reflection from your other post had a "Ligurian" look to it.

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on February 6, 2008 9:02 PM.

The previous post in this blog was Favorite Super Bowl Commercials.

The next post in this blog is Page 123 Meme.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Powered by
Movable Type 3.33
© 2004 - 2014 Slow Travel