Giardino Botanico Alpino Viote di Monte Bondone

The Viote alpine botanic garden is one of the oldest and largest in the Alps, our collection includes about 2000 species of high altitude plants, many which are at risk of extinction, representing every alpine mountain region around the world. An extreme environment, fragile and unique, that includes lakes, bogs, wild flower meadows and forests. Listening to this story tell us about ourselves, our link with nature; about mountain farming, herbal medicine, and species which can be therapeutic, useful or poisonous. Most importantly, knowing these environments connects us to climate change and our responsibility toward Nature. Come to find out, get excited, participate, observe or just relax! We invite you to get involved! We have a busy summer calendar with tours, workshops and much more, from making bread to natural cosmetics and “wild” aperitifs! We are also open throughout the year for schools and organized groups (by reservation). History and collection. The Garden was established in 1938, damaged in World War II, and renewed in 1958. Plants are grouped in beds by areas of origin, such as the Pyrenees, the Alps, the Apennines, the Balkans, Carpathians, Caucasus, the Americas, and the Himalayas. American genera include Arnica, Eriophyllum, Lewisia, Liatris, Phlox, Penstemon, and Silphium; Himalayan genera include Androsace, Gentiana, Incarvillea, Leontopodium, Meconopsis, Potentilla, and Veronica. Species of particular interest include Artemisia petrosa, Daphne petraea, Ephedra helvetica, Fritillaria tubaeformis, Linaria tonzigi, Paederota bonarota, Rhizobotrya alpina, Sanguisorba dodecandra, Saxifraga arachnoidea, Saxifraga tombeanensis, Scabiosa vestina, Silene elisabethae, and Viola dubyana. The garden also includes a nature trail (1000 meters) through indigenous vegetation, including Drosera rotundifolia and Pinguicula vulgaris.

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