2021 edition in Nice

Where the plants tell the tales

By Andrea Russo and Vincenzo Nardi.
The garden is inspired by the literary masterpiece "The Decameron," written by Giovanni Boccaccio.

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The garden is inspired by the literary masterpiece "The Decameron," written by Giovanni Boccaccio in the 14th century, which tells the story of a group of ten young people who, to escape the contagion of the plague, leave Florence and settle in the peace of a villa in the Tuscan countryside.

To cheer themselves up, the young people decide to meet every day in the garden of the villa, around the central fountain, to tell stories. The project symbolically offers Boccaccio's garden; the ten circular borders represent the ten young people who are the ten plants in the garden which tell a story; the copper spirals represent the stream of words which spread through the garden.

At the end of their stay in the villa, the ten young people resume their lives, with refreshed minds. In the same way, on leaving the garden, visitors will bear with them a message of hope and peace generated by the intimate connection between the narrating plants and the listening human soul.




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Andrea Russo, a graduate architect of the PoliMi, who designs and restores buildings. He combines architecture with the study of gardens and plants, extending the themes of sustainability and low environmental impact of houses on green spaces.

Vincenzo Nardi, an Italian landscape architect, specialising in the design of gardens at London College of Garden Design. In his projects, he loves to combine the formality of classic Italian gardens with the harmony of the English naturalist style.


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Access to the gardens depends on the sanitary measures in force.