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 the Trauttmansdorff Castle in Meran, Italy. The gardens are open daily in the warmer months; an admission fee is charged.
The gardens were begun circa 1850 by Count Trauttmansdorff during the castle's restoration. Empress Elisabeth of Austria was a frequent visitor to the 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 gardens of local and exotic plants, organized by region of origin, including typical landscapes of South Tyrol. Principal features of interest include:
- 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.
- Wollemia nobilis specimen
- 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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