Botanic Wunderkammer
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Botanic Wunderkammer

Rare and valuable plants from the past for the gardens of the future

Which kinds of strange plants are able to grow in shady environments? Do you know of any tropical and subtropical relatives of the ivy that would excite a botanical collector? What about the potential uses of the fronds of the highly sought-after exotic Asian Brassaiopsis mitis?

Well-known common or garden plants, including several sub-species of ferns and horsetails (scouring rush) have, in fact, remote origins going back to the late Palaeozoic era. Surviving across the centuries, they have been handed down to us as "living fossils".

These and many other exciting questions, will find answers at this unusual plant exhibition that forms part of the Merano Flower Festival. Designed by Mario Mariani of the Central Park Nursery, the exhibition highlights ancient botanical wonders such as exotic palms and forest mosses. Mariani’s authoritative historical and geographical narration of these exotic species brings the magic and splendour of gardening closer to public attention.

Where: at stand no. 13 of the Merano Flower Festival on all days during the hours of the Flower and Ornamental Plant Market.

Mario Mariani
Mario Mariani
Established in 1994, Central Park Mario Mariani Nursery originated as the brainchild of nurseryman and botanist, Mario Mariani, whose deep ...