THEn a suggestive and magnificent place like Villa Erba on Lake Como, summer residence of the childhood of the director Luchino Visconti, everything is ready to open the doors of Orticolaio, which returns to the presence after 2 years of pandemic. The cultural and artistic event dedicated to those who experience nature as a lifestyle will take place from 29 September until Sunday 2 October in Cernobbio (CO).

    Orticolario 2022, Villa Erba. (PH LUCIANO MOVIO)

    The theme of this edition is the “Fairy Tale”, precisely “Fairytale groncioli“, And the star plant of 2022 the resilient bamboo, which bends but does not break not even against the strongest adversities. An example that we can all look to today in search of inspiration.

    Orticolario, landscape culture and charity

    This much loved event among gardening, landscape, art and design enthusiasts is not just a garden show, nor an exhibition-market, but has always been proposed as cultural and artistic event for those who appreciate the culture of the landscape, moreover with charitable purposes.

    The activities staged at Villa Erba in the coming days are in fact carried out through the Friends of Orticolario Fund that devolve contributions to social projects of five associations in the Como area. These same associations are in turn actively involved in Orticolario.

    Plants in myth and art

    The guests and the appointments of Orticolario 2022

    The Central Pavilion of Orticolario this year will host the installation “Reincarnation-Circulation of life. The birth of Kaguya Hime “signed by the Japanese landscape architect Satoru Tabata and inspired. – in theme with the plant of the year – to traditional Japanese history ofBamboo Princess “.

    After crossing the exhibition center, you can go inside in the installations in the park, inspired by the theme of the year and selected through the international competition “Creative Spaces”. The winner will take home the “La Foglia d’oro del Lago di Como” award.

    Orticolario 2022, one of the installations (PH LUCIANO MOVIO)

    The guest of honor of this edition will be Chantal Colleu-Dumond, director of the fairytale Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, in the Loire Valley, France, and her Festival International des Jardinsan internationally renowned event that welcomes landscape architects and garden designers from all continents. She will be awarded the 2022 “For an Advanced Gardening” Award.

    Lovers of alpine herbs will find a corner of relaxation in theAla Lario. Here Ricola set up one green stand, with the 13 herbs of the original recipe of the famous Swiss candies. In this Ricola area it will be possible to taste the original sweets with 13 alpine herbs and herbal teas grown with natural methods in the Swiss Alps.

    For a lunch break in harmony with nature, the corner not to be missed is that of Tenuta Botanica Green Experiencethe new “pop-up” restaurant that from Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October will offer visitors to Orticolario 2022 menus designed specifically for the occasion, which combine seasonality of ingredients, authentic taste and territory, creatively interpreting the local tradition and the raw materials that nature can offer. The dishes tell the green soul of Tenuta de l’Annunziata and Pioppo Tremulo because they are prepared exclusively with the products of their farms.

    And for a refreshing sip, water Valverde will participate in the event with its water that matches pausterity and lightness to an artistic soul, thanks to its design signed by the architect Matteo Thun. MOOD instead it will be present in all food stations and bars, allowing visitors to quench their thirst during this sensory journey immersed in nature.

    Finally, let’s not forget that Orticolario always offers a wide range choice of plants and artistic crafts, art and design installations. The program of cultural meetings and educational-creative workshops for children can be found here:

    How to buy tickets

    To facilitate the flow of visitors at the entrance, the ticket can only be purchased online on

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    Orticolario 2022
    29 September-2 October 2022
    Villa Erba, Cernobbio (CO), on Lake Como