Orto Botanico dell'Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia

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Vigarani Palace in the Public Gardens

The Orto Botanico dell'Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, also known as the Orto Botanico di Modena or formerly Hortus Botanicus Mutinensis, is a botanical garden operated by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. It is located next to the Garden Ducale (Public Gardens), at viale Caduti in Guerra 127, Modena, Italy, and open weekdays during the warmer months except August. Admission is free.

The garden was established in 1758 by Duke Francesco III d'Este for medicinal plants, becoming part of the university in 1772. The garden is an irregular shape, almost 1 hectare in size, with several greenhouses (total area 300 m²) running in a line across the garden's center. It currently contains about 1,400 species plus a major herbarium. The principal outdoor areas are:

Greenhouses are as follows:

  • Serre Ducale - the garden's most important building, built for winter storage of tender plants, recently adapted to also cultivate tropical species.
  • Succulant Plant Greenhouse (mid 1980s) - primarily succulents.
  • "Serretta" (1994) - miscellaneous (carnivorous plants, ferns, Orchidaceae, etc.)

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Coordinates: 44°38′54″N 10°55′59″E / 44.6482°N 10.9331°E / 44.6482; 10.9331