Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Open Garden Day in Firenze

I now finally know what it is like to be on display! Not sure I like it.

Sunday was the Open Garden Day in Florence. I believe it happens every year. Private gardens in Tuscany can be part of an association ADSI which helps with the conservation of these important gardens - some of which date back to the Renaissance. I'm not sure what the full extent of their involvement is, but I do know, from the tree cutting episode, that everything done on a grand scale has to be approved at various levels in the comune first, probably under their advisement.

Anyway, where we live was included in Sunday's open day, as you can see:

This group, of about 40-50 people was just one of many groups this size that passed through over the course of the day. There was a break for lunch, but otherwise it started at 10.00 a.m. and finished at 7.00 p.m.! It was fun taking photos of people taking photos of us! My son had many ideas on how to improve peoples photo's none of which I let him carry out!!

We took the opportunity to visit another local garden, the Giardino Corsi Annalena. It is much smaller than where we are but very formal. It was a lovely garden, as you can see:

However, for my children the main attraction was the water:

Next year I want to visit a few more gardens, now the novelty of being watched has worn off ;)


chris & erin said...

beautiful - I'll have to take this tour and check out your garden next year!

Alyson said...

My son is thinking of putting soft toys in the trees next year! If we are still in this place, of course.