Coming into the gardens of Villa Taranto is just like making a journey through foreign lands.
Whoever visits Verbania, on Lake Maggiore, has certainly visited the Gardens of Villa Taranto. The notoriety they have all around the world, does not exonerate even the hastiest visitor from spending a couple of hours there.
Villa Taranto reopens to the public on March 19th until November 2nd , a season full of news and events awaits tourists and nature lovers.
The 2014 season introduces a “acoustic pathway” on certain occasions, and in particular corners of the garden.
Also the Botanical Garden is preparing for the new season. Villa Taranto will present to the public approx. 600 new plants in addition to the existent green estate. The finest essence from the best garden centres : particular varieties of Hydrangeas, Magnolias and Chestnuts.
Today’s appearance of the gardens is not by chance, but the result, of arduous elaboration over the years first undertaken by Captain Mc Eacharn in 1931. The Villa was bought by the Captain in that same year following an announcement in The Times.
“A beautiful garden does not need to be huge, but it should be the realization of one’s dream, even if it is only a couple of square metres and it is situated on a balcony”…. Were the words of Captain Neil Mc Eacharn, the man who created these marvelous gardens. Many thousands of plants, brought from the far corners of the world, and rare collections, some of them unique in Europe and acclimatized after long laborious efforts, have been artfully arranged in this beautiful setting, between the mountains and Lake Maggiore.
Many thousands of plants imported from all over the world are rare collections . Amongst the most significant works are: the “Valletta”, created by large scale excavations; the irrigation plant, fed by water pumped directly from the lake to a reservoir from which it is conveyed to the furthest limits of the garden; the Terraced Gardens with waterfalls, swimming pool, water lily and lotus pools; the Winter Garden and the Garden marsh; ornamental fountains and water sprays.
The botanical patrimony of the gardens of Villa Taranto contains nearly 1.000 non autochthonous plants and almost 20.000 varieties of a particular botanical importance.
The Villa itself is not open to the public, since it is used as the seat of the Prefecture of the new Province of Verbano- Cusio-Ossola.
Since 1952 the gardens have been open to the public, from April to October, and the constantly rising number of visitors has now reached over 150.000 per year. Groups of scholars and garden lovers come to Villa Taranto from Australia, North and South America and Europe, drawn by its interesting botanical collections, perfect organization and exquisite hospitality.
In the months of April and May, when the branches are covered with myriads of blossoms, these trees are offering an in Europe probably singular spectacle.
The events that will take place during the opening period, weather permitting, will be: Tulip Week (13rd – 27th April), Historical Dances (4th May), Tourist in your Town (8th May), Tasting and Walking through the Park, Victoria Cruziana in flower (20th June to the end of October), Permanent Dahlia Exhibition, Editoria & Gardens.
Entrance gates: The entrance of the gardens is situated near the port called Villa Taranto and along the street connecting Pallanza to Intra. Here you will also find: a free car park, the ticket office, a kiosk selling plants and a bookshop selling postcards, guides, souvenirs and gifts.