I would like to thank the MPG Bursary Committee for generously funding my study tour, which has been a unique and fantastic opportunity and doubtless a crucial experience in my horticultural development and career.
A huge thanks to Giulio Veronese, botanical curator at Giardini Villa della Pergola, for offering me the opportunity to spend 10 days with him and his team on work experience in the garden, maintaining and looking after the botanical collection, while visiting and researching the other gardens of my study tour. Moreover, a special thanks to the Ricci family for hosting and welcoming me to their property.
It was a pleasure to meet Takayuki, gardener and horticulturist from Japan, with whom I shared the work experience at Giardini Villa della Pergola. A special thanks to Stefano, Enzo, Alessio and Dino, the gardeners at Villa della Pergola, for having me with them. It was fun and they have been extremely warm and friendly with me.
Finally, I want to thank Sean Harkin, head gardener at Inner Temple garden in London where I am the trainee gardener, for encouraging me to undertake study tours, supporting my application and giving me important and valuable advice. Alongside, I want to thank Sophie, Christine and Polly from the Inner Temple garden ream, for their daily support and cooperation.
All these people made this amazing experience possible.
Text: Stefano Ciabo