Villa Olmo, a majestic neoclassical villa on the west bank of Lake Como, was completely disconnected from the present, only belonging to a forgotten past. The design-challenge involved transforming a place which was part of the past into a unique Botanical Garden, able to fit into a contemporary landscape.This was possible thanks to the Botanical Collection linked to the local artisan culture and the silk production.
DISTRICT OF COMO
of dye plants in the world
Tribute to the art of
working and coloring silk
COLLECTION OF TROPICAL PLANTS
Chamaerops humilis | Trachycarpus fortunei | Aspidistra spp. | Asplenium spp. | Phyllostachys edulis | Phyllostachys nigra | Phyllostachys bissetii | Pseudosasa japonica
COLLECTION OF WATER PLANTS
Nymphaea spp. | Nelumbo spp. | Caltha spp. | Eichornia crassipes | Menyanthes trifoliata | Nuphar lutea | Butomus umbrellatus | Iris spp. | Cyperus longus
Choisia ternata ‘Sundance’ | Hypericum hidcote | Chaenomeles speciosa | Potentilla fruticosa ‘Goldfinger’ | Eremurus x Isabellinus | Hemerocallis ‘Burning daylight’.
Cornus florida ‘Rubra’ | Muhlenbergia capillaris | Echinacea purpurea | Gaura spp. | Nerina spp. | Begonia spp. | Osyrys alba | Coreopsis tinctoria | Kerria japonica
Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ | Crocosmia lucifer | Salvia splendens | Heliantemum ‘Fire Dragon’ | Euonimus alatus ‘Compactus’ | Rubia tinctorum | Rosa canina
Ceanothus hyb. ‘Autumnal Blue’ | Ageratum houstonianum | Ceratostigma willmottianum | Hebe ‘Autumn Glory’ | Anemone coronaria | ‘Purple Passion’ | Allium ‘Globemaster’.
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The idea is to design a park with a unique collection of dye plants in the world: a place where breath the traditional artisan production of silk that was able to produce beautiful colours from natural plants.
The working approach is respectful and harmonoious towards the preexistant botanic plants and architectural
structures. The intention is to maintain the hystorical character ofthe park.
The accessibility and usability of the park has been improved so that Villa Olmo can be the centre of the botanical garden but also of the events of the city for the wide public.
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