Casa Cuseni historical garden
Casa Cuseni historical garden

The colorful flowers, the Mediterranean scrub, the imported plants from Africa and Northern Europe are mixed with the Greek-Roman culture and with the Early Nine Hundred British style and create a romantic garden where you can enjoy an unique view. Casa Cuseni historical garden, the most ancient in Taormina, has been introduced in Grandi Giardini Italiani (Great Italian Gardens) network. Among the 8 new gardens and green areas added in 2016 to this network collecting the most prestigious Italian gardens is listed also Casa Cuseni garden in Taormina, conceived by Robert Hawthorn Kitson. «The town and our museum are proud of this result– asserts Francesco Spadaro, Casa Cuseni director– since we joined this prestigious and exclusive cultural network which puts us as the same level of the most noble Italian gardens».

The news came from Milan in front of around 70 Italian and foreign journalists, where the new 8 gardens joining the Grandi Giardini Italiani network have been introduced: Parco Nocivelli (Verolanuova), Villa Badia (Sezzadio), Villa Grock (Imperia), Palazzo Colonna (Roma), Fondazione La Verde La Malfa – Parco dell’Arte (S. Giovanni La Punta), Casa Cuseni (Taormina), Villa Tasca d’Almerita (Palermo) and Tenuta Regaleali (Sclafani Bagni). Grandi Giardini Italiani network collects 122 gardens in 11 regions of Italy, Vatican City and Switzerland (Ticino Canton), to let people discover extremely beautiful gardens open to visitors with a high level of maintenance, a pride for Italian culture. Grandi Giardini Italiani is not only a touristic itinerary, but represents an active and passionate community among owners, researchers, art historians, gardeners, agronomists, guides and several green professionals collaborating to the maintenance and valorization of this unique heritage in the world.

Casa Cuseni garden. Built at the beginning of Nine Hundred on the top of an existing Greek-Roman site, the garden was conceived by Robert Hawthorn Kitson, but designed by Sir Frank Brangwyn, one of the first decorators of Tiffany, together with Sir Alfred East, famous in the Motherland and abroad for his landscapes, and by Sir Cecil Hunt, whose landscape representations were admitted to the most important Artistic Academies of that time. Four extraordinary artistic talents, Real Academy members, Presidents of the Royal Society of British Artists the first and the second ones, and Vice-President of the Watercolour Society of British Artists the third one, who have created in Sicily an English garden, using the prospectives and the landscape as decorative elements, making the Etna and the Bay of Naxos a balance with the nature. “We are ready to host many Italian and foreign guests – asserts Spadaro – in this location, Taormina and also Italy’s heritage”. From 2017 gardening courses and internships will start at Casa Cuseni garden to bring closer those keen on azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, jasmines and especially the 55 stunning varieties of Sicilian citrus trees in Casa Cuseni Historical Garden.

[Author: Giusy Bottari / English: Clelia Caltabiano]

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