The clock no longer ticks and time seems to have stopped in an unspecified era. The place is indefinite: it is a park, a garden, but it could also be a forest. The atmosphere is thin and evokes dreams, magic and fantasy. Here is Orticolario 2022 which, in a world eager to run again, invites its visitors to slow down, to take the time to rediscover their imagination. And with all the inventiveness we are capable of, after two years, we turn the page again by organizing the twelfth edition, participation in person, opening the gates as early as Thursday, from 29 September to 2 October in the park of Villa Erba, in Cernobbio (CO), on Lake Como, the childhood summer residence of director Luchino Visconti.
The coordinates are certain: the title is “Groncioli di Fiaba”, that is “Leftover pieces of fairy tale”, the theme is the “Fairy Tale”, the protagonist plant is Bamboo.
In the Tuscan vocabulary the groncioli are the pieces of leftover bread; therefore, the title evokes pieces of pure, uncontaminated nourishment, saving from the hunger for imagination, which need to be saved.
The importance of making culture this year is underlined by the choice of the guest of honour: Chantal Colleu-Dumond, director of the fairytale Domaine de Chaumont-sur Loire, in the Loire Valley, France, and herFestival International des Jardins, an internationally renowned event that welcomes landscape architects and garden designers from all continents. Sh will be given the “Avant Gardening Award” 2022.
The 2022 calendar of events is steeped in references to the fairy tale and bamboo, the theme and plant of the year.
EXPERIENCES AND THE WORKSHOPS
Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m., meeting in the Central Pavilion
Photography workshop "Storytelling with Light"
With photographers Lello Piazza and Marco Scarpa (ms4kstrategies.com), photography workshop cruising the lake, aboard a very rare Larian gondola, which from the Barca Lariana Museum
returns to sail exclusively for Orticolario, between Cernobbio, Blevio, Torno... Discovering the fairy-tale landscapes of Lake Como.
After an aperitif on board, the return to Villa Erba for a risotto in the park where the workshop continues in the footsteps of the winners of Orticolario 2022.
In November's Gardenia: a report on the event with photos of students from the workshop.
The event, sponsored by Gardenia magazine in collaboration with Orticolario, is by limited number and fee, reservations required.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., in the park and then in the Gardenia Space
Sound Walk "Fairy Tale and Reality"
A sound walk in the park, through one's own perception and through microphones
environmental, to learn about the sounds away from us and within us, and then listening to the sounds of fairy tales, the dark songs of imagination. Offering it is Claudia Ferretti, musician, sensoryist and sound artist.
Event with limited number and fee, reservations required.
Saturday, Oct. 1, from 2 p.m., everywhere in the park.
Street theater with "Maleficis"
Fumigating maostri dragonflies who, without any warning and thanks to improbable maleficis, lurk among fronds and people, taking on witch-like guises. With the Baserga witch,
Christina Psilogenis, the sorceress Pastilia, Susanna Porro, the magician Torlonia, Raffaele Ralli, Luzifer, Ivan Bellini, the sibyl Evanidus, Barbara Da Como. Texts and direction,
Ivan Bellini; costumes, Barbara Da Como.
Sunday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m., Gardenia Space
Olfactory workshop "Fairy Tale Fragrances of Autumn."
Antonella Fontana, popularizer of fragrance culture and a lover of
aromatherapy, leads a sensory workshop on creating a personal and room fragrance. An initiatory journey into 15 fragrances to narrate with the scent of conifers the northern landscapes of Sleeping Beauty, the gardens of Rapunzel's golden apples with citrus top notes, or exotic secret atmospheres with the warm fragrances of resins...
Event with limited number and fee, reservation required.
Friday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m., Gardenia Space "The Gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire: historic gardens, contemporary gardens, art gardens."
Meeting with Chantal Colleu-Dumond, director of the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire and its Festival des jardins.
Introduced by Moritz Mantero, president of Orticolario, moderated by Emanuela Rosa-Clot, editor of Gardenia. Less than two hours from Paris and open year-round, the Domaine de Chaumontsur-Loire, with its fairy-tale atmosphere, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Center for Contemporary Art, and the setting for the Festival International des Jardins,
which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year: in 30 seasons more than 850 gardens have been created, proto types of tomorrow.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 1:30 p.m., Central Pavilion
"Tales of Gardens and Broomsticks."
In the installation "Reincarnation-Circulation of Life. The Birth of Kaguya Hime" with the protagonists of the project, landscape architect Satoru Tabata, gardener
Vaprio Zanoni of Green Design and gardener Yoshiko Miwa, Satoru's collaborator.
A meeting on landscape work in Eastern and Japanese culture, its refined and elegant aesthetics, and its perception of nature.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m., Gardenia Space and then in the park among the bamboo collections
"Bamboo. The plant of the future."
Chat and tasting of a bamboo herbal tea followed by a walk in the park among the collections with Lorenzo Bar and Thomas Froese, president and honorary president of AIB - Italian Bamboo Association, and chef Marianna Ziliati.
An encounter between these plants with extremely fast growth, enormous ability to adapt to climate and soil, and able to improve air, soil and water quality.
Saturday, October 1 at 12:30 p.m. at the Gardenia Space
Meeting on landscape, walk and fairy tale
With Vittorio Peretto, landscape architect and member of the Orticolario Creative Group, and
Francesco Careri, architect, university professor and author, among others, of
Walking as aesthetic practice.