The Italy Trip Series: A Garden Walkabout behind our Venice Hotel

I always wondered where my green thumb came from. In visiting Italy, I came to realize it is definitely my Italian heritage. If there is a can or a pot or a piece of dirt to be planted with something pretty to look at or yummy to grow and eat, it will get planted.

Here are some examples:




Mola di Bari

Caserta gardens, Naples

Everywhere we went, things were lush and verdant. But the highlight of my garden exploration was one I found in Venice.

Venice is magical. My husband and I have been so fortunate to have visited it three times now, and we never tire of it. This last time, we were able to stay at a quaint hotel named Hotel St. Antonin that had a wonderful garden in the back. It almost felt like a secret that you stumble upon as you get your breakfast in the morning. The garden has an unassuming gate in the front, and a beautiful fountain beckons you inside. Once here you hear running water somewhere, a cat's meow and birds chirping-and you are so intrigued by all the sounds that you go exploring, What you find are small, delightful nooks and crannies to sit and read, do yoga, or chat with others.

Here I give you a little tour of this magical place. It inspired me to try some things in my own garden-with containers and seating. Hopefully it will do the same for you!



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