Orticola Flower Show English

Orticola Flower Show

Next Milan Flower Show on 17, 18, 19 May 2019 — The Orticola Flower Show was created for Milan in 1996. Ever since it began, Orticola has continued to be the most important Italian show for national and international specialised nurseries.

Not only this, it has also dedicated its proceeds to greening the city for the last 23 years. In this light Orticola will be involved in the improvement and maintenance of the Perego Garden, the Royal Palace Garden, the Palazzo della Triennale Garden and the extension of Flowering Allotments at Citylife, and continues with the new four-year cycle of “study days” started in 2017.

2019 | XXIV Orticola Flower Show

The 2019 Milan Flower Show is scheduled on
17, 18, 19 May 2019 from 09:30 a.m. to 07:30 p.m. at the Indro Montanelli’s Garden.

2018 | XXIII Orticola Flower Show

Orticola 2018

The Lombard Horticultural Society has presented the XXIIIrd Orticola Flower Show at the Indro Montanelli’s Garden, in Milano.

For 2018 Orticola has chosen to endorse passion, satisfaction and the taste for gardening! and it must be …“For My Pleasure…”: the 2018 theme.

For the appointment in 2018 Orticola hands over to the nurserymen. Each one must describe the plants chosen: “For … their … pleasure”. The nurserymen will show us what pleasure means for them, either aroused by experience or by commercial demands or even by curiosity and fondness for certain species and varieties.
Which plants have given them most pleasure – well knowing that pleasure takes many forms – in the garden!

INFO PRESS www.orticola.org/press

Orticola Palazzo Dugnani

Dugnani’s Palace – Orticola Milan Flower Show – photo courtesy Stefano Trovati

The Milan Flower Show

Show of unusual, rare and ancient flowers, plants and fruits

For 2018 Orticola has chosen to endorse passion, satisfaction and the taste for gardening!

“For my pleasure”, is the theme with which the nurserymen must measure each other in 2018.

Gardening is undoubtedly amongst the many trades sowing a sense of pleasure in that the gardener knows how to generate marvels from just a small seed. He also knows that he can cultivate the value of beauty with his toil. At times the gardener is also a nurseryman: he has chosen and selected the plants to grow in a garden. Sometimes he turns to the experience of others or draws on personal choices made through trial and error, of real geographic explorations and experience in the laboratory.

Orticola sets out to emphasise and bestow merit on the commitment of nurserymen, awarding those plants which it considers the most beautiful, precisely because cultivated with expertise, or the most unusual, indicating careful research.

Until now Orticola has suggested a theme to develop during the show and nurserymen have contributed in developing knowledge with part of their production.

For the appointment in 2018 Orticola hands over to the nurserymen. Each one must describe the plants chosen: “For … their … pleasure”.
The nurserymen will show us what pleasure means for them, either aroused by experience or by commercial demands or even by curiosity and fondness for certain species and varieties.
Which plants have given them most pleasure – well knowing that pleasure takes many forms – in the garden!

The “Pluses” of the Show

Nurserymen, protagonists more than ever!

Orticola returns to present the best choice of nurseries dedicated to research and production to its public of enthusiasts and novices, striving to offer something new every year.

The show, which this year too will host about 160 exhibitors, has invited several new nurseries to this edition in the search for unusual, particular plants, both in botanic species and in new cultivars, but also proposing new genera not easy to find elsewhere.

Amongst the first-timers participating this year we find: Il giardino delle essenze perdute (The garden of lost species) of Marta Stegani with a Fuchsia collection, both botanical species and hybrids, Oasi aromatica (Fragrant oasis) with a refined selection of Tradescantia, with particularly ornamental foliage, and   Le Iris di Trebecco (Irises from Trebecco) with a group of tall bearded irises; Lucio Oste with an interesting selection of 1.000 palms from 10 cm. to 10 metres tall, hardy in cold climates, Vivai Antonio Gigli, a Tuscan producer of acid-loving plants, who will display azaleas known as “Devil’s Azaleas” a brand developed by breeders from Borgo a Mozzano, in the Lucca province, who have joined forces in a non-profit association, in order to entrench the production even deeper in its original territory, promoting knowledge, development, art and traditions tied to cultivating this plant.

Also for the first time Tillandsia will be present with a remarkable collection of those plants that don’t need soil to thrive, as the name would suggest, and finally, Green Service with a collection of cultivars and perennials not yet available in Italy. Orticola’s eyes are wandering further afield, inviting several new foreigners: amongst these orchids excel, with exotic and tropical examples from Orquideas Katia, Columbia; Orchideen Frenzel Detlef from Stuttgart, with a choice of species for hot, temperate or cold greenhouses, including Aerangis, Bulbophillum, Paphiopedilum and Vanda; the Swiss nursery Associazione Vivaio with a collection of viburnums and junipers, showing with the German Uhlig Kakteen and the historic French Dino Pellizzaro, Pépinière botanique de Vaugines, Braun Pépinière, and Cactées des Combes, returning after many years with a vast selection of Notocactus, a mass of yellow, red, orange and violet flowers, and about a hundred species of Mammillaria, some of them really small, full of flowers and resistant to cold.

Amongst the new exhibitors we would like to point out Intrecci toscani (Tuscan basketwork) who create baskets and small objects by hand-weaving willow and olive twigs.

But which are the “For …their… pleasure” plants? Here are some:

a collection of ferns for Elisabetta Cavrini from Garden Studio, Buddleias or butterfly bushes for Francesca Moscatelli from Vivaio Donna di Piante and a collection of Rubus idaeus raspberries for Vivai Veimaro. Also a Sarracenia collection and Mimosa albida, a rare plant, widespread only in Central America, brought by Daniele Righetti.
Also showing this year is Valerio Gallerati from Vivaio Vita Verde, who won the 2017 Orticola prize, bringing thirteen species of indigenous oaks featuring the Quercus x soluntina, a rare endemic specimen from Solunto in Sicily.

Institutions involved in the dissemination of plant culture

Alongside the associations who have participated for many years, such as A.Di.P.A. – for an amateur diffusion of plants, A.B.A. the Amateur Botanic Association and Garden Club, conducting lessons in flower arranging and ikebana, the S.O.I. Italian Society of “Ortoflorofrutticoltura” is participating this year, illustrating its lengthy history of involvement and the commitment of the Working Group to conduct a census into Italian botanical collections. There will be an interesting encounter between the Department of Science for Food, Environment and Nutrition from Milan Università degli Studi who will describe the discovery of hedge mustard in the heart of the city along an ordinary road in Città Studi. Hedge mustard is a wild plant known as the “singers’ herb” since ancient times due to its healing properties for aphonia and pathologies of the vocal chords.

“GymGIARDINO”, movement is the best medicine, “natural and at zero cost”

The intention to propose a collection of natural (or easily made) tools at Orticola 2018 arises from this concept, in order to help the public see their gardens as “gyms for movement” and to interpret maintenance and gardening as a real possibility of exercising.
ReGYM, with the supervision of Gabriele Corradi and his staff, propose several moments of aggregation and sharing to show that whoever chooses to garden, apart from looking after the health of plants first of all, also looks after his own health: correct movements and posture to avoid fatigue and pain will be demonstrated during the show.

Also some Tai chi moves will be explained.

The entrances and the fountain

The entrance from piazza Cavour evokes a small nursery greenhouse, captured in the moment of spring flowering, reproduced for Orticola 2018 by Gheo Clavarino together with “I Giardini e le Fronde” (Gardens and Foliage), Lucia and Stefano Ruhe’s nursery.
Entering from via Palestro the garden designer Cristiana Serra Zanetti has put on a show with the assistance of Vivai Fratelli Ingegnoli.

The great historic gateway of Palazzo Dugnani, the entrance from via Manin, is entrusted to the creativity of Massimo Semola, with the Vivaio Il Giardino, to display “Belle Epoque” kentia, orchids, Antarctic ferns and bird’s nest ferns. This recreates the atmosphere of winter gardens from the close of the nineteenth century, favoured meeting places in a cultured, refined age, distinguished by artistic ferment, technical and scientific progress as well as a congenial, brilliant social life.

The gateway leads to the fountain decorated with an installation by Julia Artico with a taste of meadows and simplicity: five ethereal straw figures, water fairies, accompanied by melliferous flowers, beautiful in their straightforward candour.

The services

The services provided by Orticola are always much appreciated by the public: such as the possibility to buy admission tickets on line at www.orticola.org and midaticket.it to avoid queuing at the entrance.

The plant deposit, to leave purchases until retrieval, home delivery for large, cumbersome plants, the do-it-yourself wheelbarrow service and transport within the show, as well as relaxing moments in refreshments areas.

LINK to useful information to attend the Flower Show
www.orticola.org/info-utili

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