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 :-). If you’d like to read more about urban urban gardening, organic markets and responsible travel initiatives, please visit our Slow Travel and Food Blog, La Venessiana – A Glimpse of Venice From the Female Perspective.
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!
With love, Iris + Lina