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Graziella Soldera is a botany and landscape architecture enthusiast. She designed and created a botanical garden covering over two hectares at Case Basse, where she grows hundreds of species, including her favourite flowers, antique roses, which she had to search for all over the world.
The antique roses in Graziella Soldera’s garden
Noisettiana La Biche, found in Texas after searching for over two years.
Climbing Pinkie, imported from Australia.
(both were introduced to Italy for the first time thanks to Graziella Soldera)
In addition to roses, bushes, perennials, enchanting peonies and beautiful collectible irises, there are also extraordinarily beautiful rare bulbs in Soldera’s garden, such as the Tulipa Maureen tulip, which adorns the Renaissance-design flower beds, dominated by box plants.
The White Garden and the pond
In addition to the “Al Sole” (“In the Sun”) and “Sottobosco” (“Undergrowth”) gardens, the “White Garden” is also worth a mention: it is the favourite haunt of “nocturnal pollinators”.
Countless insects and several other animal species have found a home in the botanical garden at Case Basse. There is also a pond, where aquatic plants and flowers grow, including the splendid water lily Marliacea Albida and Nelumbo Nucifera, whose leaves sparkle with crystalline drops of water.
Olive trees, cypresses, lime trees and Melia Azedarach (“bead tree”) form a background to the gardens, which are harmoniously integrated into the Mediterranean scrub.
The breeder of this lily variety decided to name it Lilium Soldera when he saw such a successful and spectacular new creation before him and remembered the flavour of a wine that had given him an unforgettable thrill.
Even the colour of the flowers reminded him of that wine and so, in 1988, in a greenhouse of the Dutch company Vletter & Den Haan (famous for breeding and selecting lilies), this superb variety was born with its bright red petals and intense green leaves: it is a hardy plant, full of large colourful buds.
The botanical garden at Case Basse wouldn’t be complete without the Lilium Soldera, which is at its best at the start of summer, when it is shines in all its glory in full bloom.
Look through the gallery at the bottom of the page to see more photos of Soldera’s botanical garden.