Il melograno means pomegranate tree in Italian. Growing your own pomegranate tree will instantly confer a Mediterranean look and feel to any garden. Below you can see a little pomegranate copse I’ve discovered in the Venetian Lagoon. That may be too much for many other climates, but you can always try with a little one. Make…
A Garden in Venice
Gardens are an unexpected side of in Venice. Yet, private gardens make up almost half the city’s surface: they hold a large and forgotten portion of the heritage of Venice, which counted the largest number of botanical gardens in the world for more than 1,200 years.
These gardens are still there in Venice, and often just a few footsteps away. Small, grand, quiet, courtyard gardens. Lush and opulent ones overlooking the Grand Canal. There are little-known monastery gardens usually not accessible to visitors. Private flower and bee gardens, lush window boxes and terracescapes, and verdant roof terraces. And lately, we noticed a few urban gardening initiatives getting started ..
La Venessiana started out in August 2011 (!) as A Garden in Venice, a blog entirely dedicated to the garden world of Venice? We take up this blog now and invite you to a virtual vist to see what one of these gardens looks like today. Which plants we grow, how and when we harvest fruit and vegetables. In particular, we foucs on herbs and blossoms, and how we use them in the kitchen, and we take you behind the scenes to explore historical Venetian spice recipes. In this new blog section, A Garden in Venice by La Venessiana, we show Grandmother Lina’s garden, located in the Venetian sestiere Castello, and a habitat of its own, home to vegetables, summer berries, deep blue grapes, local and exotic fruit trees.
We will be sharing private garden stories and garden recipes, such as lavender-flavored zaleti cookies :-).
We can’t wait to share more images of the garden here, as it changes during the seasons, and the historical recipes, so popular during the times of the Republic of Venice, with you! Please do get in touch with us here, or in the comment sections!
I first planned to write about the edible gardens of the Lagoon when I was twelve. During the school holidays, I was thoroughly enjoying life in this incredibly lush garden with all its blossoms, fruit and herbs. It seemed to have a special climate of its own, and there were so many birds !! I loved the balanced life my family led in Venice….
Il nostro laghetto delle erbe – what if your water garden could also grow wonderful herbs to flavor your breakfast, lunch, and supper. You don’t need much space to create an edible garden pond, we don’t have that either. There are two little ponds, and another one located on the terrace, in a cool corner….
Harvesting in the Mediterranean summer garden takes place these days, not just for daily use but to prepare the first scorte for the cooler season. In the second part of August the so-called “Fifth Season” starts in Venice. La quinta stagione which comes between summer and fall. Call it harvest time in Venice and the Veneto. This is also…