Garden Destination: “La Mortella”, Ischia, Italy

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Had I known more about what the island of Ischia held in store, I would not have passed it by years ago when I visited nearby Naples, Italy.  Sigh.  Add another destination to the ‘someday’ travel list.  It has all the top requirements for a perfect vacation: 1) you have to take a boat to get there 2) it has unique geography and great gardens to visit and 3) it speaks either French of Italian. (in my book, a destination that can check off all three of these will, no doubt, be the consummate  retreat.)

walton garden ischia italy

“La Mortella” (which is open to the public), was created by Susana Walton, wife of the late British composer Sir William Walton.  It features tree ferns, Proteas, Aloes, Yuccas, Agaves,Magnolias, Camellias, Bahuinias, Palm trees, and Cycads.  There is also a near constant orchestral concert series that runs in the garden.

Giardini Ravino ischia italian garden

Giardini Ravino

On the island is also the Giardini Ravino which has it’s own unique style. Combine the two and you have created a interesting mini garden tour that will provide two very different island aesthetics.

walton garden ischia italy

Lady Walton did not however work alone to create this beautiful place. She, in 1956, asked the famous landscape architect Russell Page to provide a design for the layout of the garden that would include the dramatic volcanic rocks. The design of the garden takes advantage of the suggestive natural landscape and its openings towards the Mediterranean Sea.

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photos of la mortella by Bamberghi Filippo

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. iveta on February 8, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I was in Ischia one year ago. It’s a little paradise.

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