Lucilla Zanazzi, tells friend's Laviania Tavern and Landriana garden, on the occasion of the reprint of the book "a Mediterranean garden". This Lavinia Taverna is a precious book, first for its publication history. Published in a single Edition in 1982 within the celebrated Rizzoli necklace "L'Ornitorinco".
I had promised myself to speak again of trees, Woods, weeds, unkempt and thin nature of guerrilla warfare against the invasion of man, are once again falling into the trap of the garden. But I could not do without, because it is the Italian garden Landriana very well known.
Thus was born Landriana garden with the purchase at auction of a rural property near Ardea near the coast, only a few kilometers from Rome, covers about 35 hectares, in the area of Tor San Lorenzo ...
Lavinia Taverna photos: Sommariva, Emilio
Continues the story Lucilla Zanazzi;
This book is very interesting because it was the first in Italy (Pizzetti aside) tell of gardening very differently, not as a technical manual, in which the Rose plantation was described with the same spirit of adjustment a hydraulic tap, but as an experience, an event, a path to follow, a teaching
... was 1956, when the Marquis Gallarati Scotti and his wife, Lavinia Taverna, after purchase, they decided to call the la Landriana, in homage to one of the names of the family Taverna.
Reading the book you will find out that the garden is not designed to take worthy aristocratic frame to his noble mansion, in that place, that of the nobility has always had very little. It is extraordinary that one of the most important Italian gardens was born in one of the most degraded, popular and populous Roman hinterland. The terraced hovels, of autless, of hit-and-run and beaches, with her maybe, nurseries. Therefore a garden born almost by accident, for love, only for love.
At the time of purchase, however, the land was completely bare, there were no trees or bushes and was still infested by mines and bombs, remnants of that tragic war that in this area, on the occasion of the landing of Anzio, had met one of its most crucial and decisive moments.
The garden was born almost by accident: the original intention was to plant trees, especially pines and eucalyptus, to do a bit of shade to casale and to curb strong winds that blew from the sea, five only four kilometres; more than 3,000 different types of plants from all corners of the Earth, are present in this botanical OASIS.
This book I bought in 1983 and I was really excited at the idea that a garden so important and different was near Rome. I was impressed with the idea that an Italian wrote and were a garden as a English. As Vita Sackville-West. Among other things, in my opinion, this style of writing is really the weak point of the book, at least for me, because I find it a tad honeyed.
We are so ahead of the first Italian book of gardening "narrated" firsthand: an amateur gardener but full of passion, a woman who, contrary to what one might expect from a marchesa, loved to get their hands dirty.
For nearly nine years, a Thursday, the month I spent with her, with my and his friends.
His friend Earl Donated Sanminiatelli, contacted the famous English landscape architect Russell Page. By 1967 began as a collaboration between the latter and Lavinia Taverna, in order to give to the Park of Tor san Lorenzo a structure and a design worthy of the name.
I got to see the actions of Russell Page, I saw disappear many of Russell Page, not because she wanted to erase the great gardener's hand, but because the garden is alive, the trees grow, the proportions unpack, the sunny may become skittish.
Russell Page arrived at Landriana in 1967 and understood immediately that he had to give the garden a very strong structure and well designed, so that it could accommodate the hundreds of varieties already present and impose order and rigour to the magnificent collection of Marquise. Page divided the large garden in limited spaces strongly geometric design emphasised by hedges and avenues.
There was still the large Wisteria in the middle of the lawn, let grow in fontana. There was still the Avenue of agapanti ... The space designed by Page for cutting roses had already become the giardino degli aranci to ball. There was already the Valley of roses, the great Lake with taxodium and huge agnocasti from small cuttings that Pizzetti had gathered on the banks of a ditch in Greece.
...She was very attentive to the volumes, when a plant was becoming too large and flipped it replaced. With those plants dug created new rooms, new gardens. Had almost an obsession for ground cover ground cover: had experienced hundreds.
Today, la Landriana is a stimulus and a valuable source of inspiration for anyone wishing to get closer to gardening, with both a poetic and thoughtful approach, with a more concrete and scientific aptitude.