Trauttmansdorff Castle Gardens
|Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle|
Botanical gardens with view of Trauttmansdorff Castle
|Area||12 hectares (30 acres)|
|Status||Open in summer|
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle (German: Die Gärten von Schloss Trauttmansdorff; Italian: I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff) are botanical gardens located on the grounds of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Meran, Italy. The gardens are open daily in the warmer months; an admission fee is charged.
The gardens were initially laid out circa 1850 by Count Trauttmansdorff during the castle's restoration. Empress Elisabeth of Austria was a frequent visitor to Meran and the gardens. A bronze bust in her memory was placed in the gardens after her assassination in Geneva in 1898.
Today the castle grounds contain about 80 dedicated gardens with local and exotic plants, organized by region of origin, including typical landscapes of South Tyrol. Principal features of interest include:
- Forests of the world – conifers and deciduous trees from the Americas and Asia.
- Oleander Steps – flowering oleander, an ancient olive tree, etc.
- Sun Gardens – cultivated plants of the Mediterranean, including cypress, figs, grapevines, lavender, and Italy's northernmost olive grove.
- Water and Terraced Gardens – various gardens, including a formal Italian garden, English garden, and sensual garden.
- The landscapes of South Tyrol – testimony of the ancient vegetation of the Valle dell'Adige.
Rice terraces in the Sun Gardens
A collection of succulent plants in the Water and Terraced Gardens
Iceland poppy (Papaver nudicaule) field
Bronze bust of Empress Elisabeth, who was a frequent visitor
- Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
- BGCI entry
- Udo Bernhart, Ulrike Dubis, Trauttmansdorff - Die Gärten / Giardini / The Gardens, BLV Buchverlag GmbH & Co, 2006. ISBN 3-8354-0263-3.
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