The ornamental garden
In 2015, Palazzo di Varignana expanded its possessions, enhancing the charm of its park with the acquisition of one of the gardens included in the prestigious “Grandi Giardini Italiani” (Great Italian Gardens) network.
Covering an area of three hectares, the garden was designed by the landscape architect Antonio Perazzi who built walls, terraces, stairs, fountains, and a majestic swimming pool, creating from scratch a garden in which countryside, nature, and formal features blend with irresistible spontaneity.
The collection of oaks gathered by Perazzi – 100 trees and 76 different species – is one of the most important arboreal heritages in Italy.
The first section features a formal garden in which geometric thematic rooms, opening one into another, are harmoniously separated by hedges of ginko, hornbeams, and rows of maple trees which accommodate bushes of roses, grasses, ornamental cherry trees, and dogwood.
After passing a pergola of ornamental apple trees and roses, visitors arrive at the plant labyrinth (Labirinto Carlico), designed by Sandro Ricci in 2015 as part of the harmonious fusion of the garden with the existing twenty-hectare park. The originality of the labyrinth lies in the overlapping of the hedges of narrow-leaved mock privet (Phillyrea Angustifolia) on the existing orchard.
The garden surrounds on each side what was once the manor house from which two luxury apartments have been obtained. It houses numerous herbaceous plants, Mediterranean trees, and shrubs as well as copious blooms of gorse and scented osmanthus bushes.
In addition, five Olea Europea – century-old trees from Southern Italy – have been recently planted in the private park of Palazzo di Varignana.