Nova Arbora              

Bed and Breakfast & Itinerari Botanici    

   Feb 26

Botanical Garden

Purpose of the Nova Arbora botanical garden :

 

Nova Arbora botanical garden has become, in recent years, after twenty years, a major center of naturalistic interest. We receive visits from groups, associations, hikers, students and ordinary citizens who, after, the inclusion of native, rare plants in the garden, have moved on with more knowledge in the surrounding area.

After the garden became an established focal point for conservation and ecological works in the area, we contacted local schools with the aim of starting a number of educational projects. Now, we have several running throughout the year each of which allow students to interact with and learn about the local the environment, flora and fauna.

Sections of the Nova Arbora Botanical Garden:

Various environments are created with specific flora and fauna; including: ferns and brackens, ponds, humid zone, rock garden, wetlands, temperate mixed forest.

In addition, we have zones dedicated to: alpine plants, medicinal and aromatic plants, unusual edible plants, aquatic plants, archeophytes (plants not native to the region), Mediterranean plants typical of the area south of the Contrafforte Pliocenico; an educational garden for school groups, medicinal plants, and lastly, an area devoted to the awareness of toxic and poisonous plant species.

Activity of the Nova Arbora Botanical Garden:

In addition to the education projects mentioned, we also work with a number of conservation groups and Universities. We work with the Italian naturalist association “Pangea, the Adipa (Association for the diffusion of plants for amateurs), the Association for the Conservation of Amphibians of Pianoro (Art’è) amongst others by exchanging seeds and arranging visits and meets. We also work with Art’è on “Progetto Pellegrino”, an initiative to protect amphibians, reptiles and bats by restoring and enhancing the surrounding area that was affected by the German defensive positions situated in the area during WWII.

The recovery of the so called, gothic line.

Contrafforte Pliocenico:

The horizon of Botanical Garden Nova Arbora has expanded over the years with the acquisition of surrounding farmland, namely a patch of land on” Monte Alto ” , which provides a typical example of mediterranean holme oak woods, with important examples of heather and , in the north , a 100 year old chestnut wood.

It is intended, in future years, to expand the garden, we are currently setting up an orchid and wild grass trail and work is ongoing on the restoration of trails through the chestnut wood. Our work in these acquired areas intends to reintroduce flowering species and enhance the biodiversity of the area as a whole.

At the foot of Mount Alto, the break of up of sandstone provides an ideal habitat for the species of vegetation characteristics of the Contrafforte Pliocenico. Oaks, Cistaceae , heather , special grasses and orchids sit nearby Mediterranean plants, aromatic and medicinal species thanks to the unusual microclimatic differences across the garden. Guests of the garden, through the pliocene route, will be able to learn and recognize native species thanks to explanatory labels.