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Orto Botanico Comunale di Lucca Botanical Garden

Listed under Botanical Gardens in Tuscany, Italy.

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The garden was established in 1820 by Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma, and contains a number of mature plantings of botanical interest. Its site is roughly triangular, set within a corner of Lucca's city wall, and organized into two main sections. One contains the gardens proper with an arboretum, pond, and smaller plantings; the other contains the greenhouse, botanical school, and laboratories. The Museo Botanico "Cesare Bicchi" contains a herbarium and archive. It contains a rich collection of medicinal plants from all over the world as well as a greenhouse full of cacti and succulents. And for further interest there is a collection of wild edible plants that the people of Lucca use in traditional cooking.

There was also a plant sale going on while we were there…wishful thinking on our part. A beautiful Cedrus libani is one of the focal points in this garden as well as a huge Ginkgo biloba tree that gives shade to a pond. It was Sunday morning so the streets were quiet. None of the shops were open except for the pastry shops, full of delicious looking tortes and other goodies. 

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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