Lina’s garden was part of the San Zaccaria convent and guesthouse buildings, founded in the 5th century AD. This is a miniature edition of a convent garden, with fruit trees, fig tree, olives and vines, climbers and citrus trees. Ivy, aralia, palm trees, yucca, purple wisteria and ferns, fragrant jasmine, aralia and pittosporum grow next to roses, lilies and a pergola covered with uva fragola grapes and wisteria, located on the level above the sitting area on the terrace.
On the terrace, the family grows kitchen herbs: Parsley, laurel, mints, sage, fragrant geranium (we use for syrup or to flavor pancakes). Erba cristallina, anise mint and rosemary. Raspberries, red currants, tomatoes and strawberries grow in pots next to ornamental plants like oleander, irises and lilies-of-the-valley. Kiwi and kaki, fig and a pomegranate tree, so typical for the Venetian Lagoon …
This first-floor terrace is connected to the kitchen on the ground floor via a black wrought-iron staircase that we call chiocciola in Italian. It’s a giardino movimentato, stretching across several levels which means that a greater variety of plants can be grown. A large portion of the courtyard garden is covered with grass. which during excessive tides is infiltrated with water, and a salty film covers the grass.
Pittosporum is a salt-resistant plant which grows down here, and it smells heavenly between May and July. There’s a small giardino ombroso, where fruit trees and berry shrubs grow on slightly raised and insulated beds. In a sunny corner, a vegetable bed and tall rosemary bush grow, interspersed with wild and spike lavender, and a profusion of chamomile. The vegetable garden is the home to robust zucchini, egg plants and tomatoes. We get lots of salads of the soft kind called insalate da taglio, and of course arugula. We always grow frigitelli, and sometimes, salicornia. There’s also a small nursery to experiment with plants and seeds 🙂 Watch the blog for news!