Giardino Torre

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Giardino Torre

It is an ancient royal orchard with adjoining a turreted farm, a treasure trove of agro-biodiversity, it is a very precious place for its historical value and for the botanical rarities it hosts.

Located on the north-eastern edge of the forest, between the valley of Miano and Capodichino, remains the only evidence of productive garden among all the Bourbon sites that, in addition to being places of leisure and enjoyment, had to self-sustaining and generate profit. Probably pre-existing to the foundation of the royal site, fruit and vegetables are still cultivated today.

The first fruits and the most precious fruit were reserved for the royal table.

They also cultivated many varieties of flowers also reserved for the Reggia, in fact the garden was attached to a nursery (fruit from below) at the service of the forest.

 

The complex is divided into several areas:

Giardino della Fruttiera

The Giardino Torre, still preserves ancient cultivars such as the Mandarin that arrived in Naples, at the royal sites around 1830 and that subsequently, observing it in fruit, the botanist Michele Tenore identified as a new species, giving it in scientific name of Citrus deliciosa. And still ancient cultivars of pears such as "Mastantuono" and "Spadona", plums "Regina Claudia" and cherries "O Monte", "Giulia", "Malizia", rows of medlar, figs, pomegranates, apricots, mulberries, sorbs and khaki. There are also many citrus fruits including tangerines, oranges, lemons and unusual cultivars such as the lemon "Mano di Buddha" and the "Limone caviale". At the center of the fruit orchard there is a large marble fountain, which once housed the sculptural group now placed in the Fontana del Belvedere of Real Bosco, shaded by one of the largest canphore trees in Italy.

Giardino dei Fiori

The Fruttiera leads to the first secret garden. It is the most precious part of the complex both for the architectural apparatus and for the collection of nineteenth-century camellias. This small garden is enriched by two fountains, one wall with a church and the other circular background exedra with pears to espalier. Important is the presence of seedbeds and pineapples that were used for the cultivation of exotic species.

Giardino della Purpignera

Crossing the exedra of the Giardino dei Fiori leads to the Purpignera, from the French pépinière which means nursery. This area, where mainly vegetables are grown, is characterized by citrus trees reared in espaliers and pineapples.

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