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Type of protected area - Where it is located
Typology: Regional Protected Area; established with L.R. March 27, 2000 n. 31; they were given in perpetual concession to the University of Genoa.
The Hanbury Botanical Gardens, in Ventimiglia (IM), are known and appreciated all over the world for the heritage of exotic plants they guard. They occupy an area of about 18 hectares on the promontory of Capo Mortola.
Palazzo Orengo, entrance to the Hanbury Botanical Gardens (photo www.liguria.beniculturali.it)
The surface of the Gardens is occupied in part by exotic plants, and in part maintained in Mediterranean maquis, without anthropic interventions.
Their creation dates back to 1867, by Sir Thomas Hanbury who, with the help of his brother Daniel, created an acclimatization garden of exotic plants from the most varied regions of the world. Until his death in 1907, Sir Thomas helped in any way the inhabitants of the area, from La Mortola to Ventimiglia up to Alassio, while at the University of Genoa he offered the current Botanical Institute which takes his name. His interest in the plant world led him to donate land near London, which came to welcome the famous Wisley Garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. Since his death, his work was continued by his son Cecil and daughter-in-law Lady Dorothy, both fond of gardens. During the Second World War the magnificent complex suffered serious damage and it was no longer possible to restore the original splendor to the garden. In 1960 Lady Dorothy decided to sell the property to the Italian state.
The Institute of Ligurian Studies of Bordighera to which it was entrusted, attempted to revive it, but the lack of funds did not allow a restructuring of the complex. In 1987 the deliveries of the garden passed to the University of Genoa; the latter deals with the scientific aspect of the Complex, while the Superintendency for Environmental and Architectural Heritage of Liguria renews the architectural structures.
In the Garden we find the Australian Forest, rich in eucalyptus, Callistemon, Melaleuca, Acacia; the areas of succulent plants, the Garden of Perfumes, the Giardinetti, with ancient varieties of roses and peonies, the Exotic Orchard, the Citrus Groves, with ancient varieties of citrus.
The main collections currently cultivated in the Gardens include the genres: Acacia, Agave, Aloe, Brugmansia, Cistus, Citrus, Eucalyptus, Passiflora, Rosa, Salvia; the families: Bignoniaceae, Myrtaceae. Reconnaissance and research of historical data led to the publication in 1996 of the fifth catalog "Enumeratio Plantarum in Horto Mortolensi cultarum", which lists over 3000 entities present within the Complex.
Hanbury Botanical Gardens
Information for the visit
How to get there:
- By car: Autostrada dei fiori A10 Genova-Ventimiglia, exit Ventimiglia. Turn right, continue on Corso Limone Piemonte, continue on Via Tenda, turn right and continue on SS1-Corso Nizza until the tunnel, after the tunnel Corso Toscanini until at the hamlet of Latte; continue on S.Luigi bridge and continue on Corso Montecarlo for 1 Km.
University of Genoa
Corso Montecarlo, 43 - La Mortola
18039 Ventimiglia (IM)
Tel. 0184 22661