History and finality of Paradisia

History and finality of Paradisia

 

Paradisia, whose name does not originate as one could easily believe, from the Gran Paradiso massif, but from the Paradisea liliastrum, a lily with delicate white flowers that grows spontaneously in nearby meadows), was set up in 1955 upon a decision taken by the Gran Paradiso National Park Board of Directors, with the objective to value flora.

The educational and communication aspect is fundamental for Paradisia, since tourists can come close to plants they might come across during an excursion, compare them with similar ones, know their scientific name and geographical distribution and therefore learn to respect them. At the same time, the garden can be a valuable point of reference for botanists and naturalists for their research activities. Besides, Paradisia drafts a catalogue (Index Seminum) every year, by collecting seeds in the garden and in nature, to make exchanges with botanical gardens all over the world. 

What to visit
Paradisia hosts more than 1000 different species, all picked in nature or obtained from seeds in the nursery of the garden. Besides, to meet the growing interest for natural world, some natural environments have been reconstructed, with the plant associations that characterize them (pseudo-steppe, peat-bog, detritus environment, alder wood). Rock exhibition gathers and describes some samples of the most significant rocks from the Cogne Valley and other Park areas. Lichen exhibition, that spontaneously colonizes a series of large rocks and that is maintained thanks to favourable environmental conditions and the nearly total lack of pollution, is unique in its kind and brings tourists close to these curious living beings, an example of symbiosis between fungus and algae. The butterfly garden is an itinerary, in the top part of the garden, devoted to these insects that play a very significant role as pollinators of mountain flora. An area devoted to the most popular officinal plants in the Park valleys is also close to completion; with the help of explanatory boards, visitors will be able to recognize the most important species utilized in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, spirits and culinary fields.