Soft Land Art at Hanbury Botanical Garden at Ventimiglia

Experimental floral design in Hanbury garden.

At Hanbury Botanical Garden there is 9 acers area that is open for visitors. That area is cultivated as garden with native vegetation dominated by Pinus halepansis and plants from all over the world, containing about 2500 taxa.  The place has unique climate. Shelter is afforded by the proximity of nearby mountains and by the proximity to the sea.

The garden is owned by the Italian government from 1960 and entrusted to the University of Genoa 1987. The history of the place reaches to ancient times, and on 11th century there was built the Palazzo by Lanteri family on the traces of an ancient Roman villa. Sir Thomas Hanbury bought the garden 1867. He started systematically collect plants with help of his brother.

The collection of plants is unique. The garden is divided to different areas of special collection of plants. Garden is kept as natural as possible so you can see the plants on their natural outlook.

First day the group of nearly 30 persons were divided to groups of 3-5 people and were given areas to work in. Participants were group of EF students from this and previous years and some teachers. The places were nearby walking streets to give visitors good chance to see the land art works. Second day some of the works were already finished so we continued to other interesting places to make new land art pieces.






These two days at Hanbury Botanical Garden were very inspring. Finding the way to use the material that you haven’t handled before gave new ideas and ways of working.

Text and pictures Minna Uusi-Simola and Tarmo Noormets

Oppdatert 13.11.2017