GARDENS IN THE SHADE
OF MOUNT ETNA
by Cristina Archinto
A book that tells the story and the landscape of this enchanted place.
Eight gardens, eight different realities linked together by the lava flows of this majestic volcano.
In the shadow of Etna, lichens and broom replenish the woods of the slopes crossed by the lava: it is nature that regenerates itself after each flow. Observing the vitality of these processes, the communities of Etna have learned to recognize their richness and ability to adapt. This is how the citrus scented landscape was born and a pioneering science of ecosystems developed: a culture of coexistence with the volcano that gardens have celebrated, acclimatizing specimens from all over the world alongside the local species.
Cristina Archinto's photographs tell of the extraordinary adventure that involved the first herbalists and the botanists of the Catania Garden, the wisdom that unites enthusiasts of yesterday and today in continuous experimentation. Portraying the strength of centuries-old olive trees or the elegance of agaves, his shots take us to the most evocative places of seven Etna gardens; and showing the tenacity of opuntias or the poetry of eternal blooms, they reveal the range of greens and the play of light that only Sicily can offer.
ETNA Between nature, history and culture
PARCO PATERNÒ DEL TOSCANO In the shadow of the volcano
CIANCIO GARDEN In the green of the lava
GRAVINA GARDEN The terrace on the Timpa
ROOMS IN FLOWER The art of colour
VILLA ORTENSIA The beautiful landscape of the citrus grove
ETNA BOTANIC GARDEN Iddu
CATANIA BOTANICAL GARDEN The Etna road of science
Title: GARDENS IN THE SHADOW OF MOUNT ETNA
Author: Cristina Archinto
Text: Alessandra Valentinelli
Photographs: Cristina Archinto
Translation: Stefania Bellingardi Beale
Text: Italian and English
Illustrated book with 80 photographs
Format 24 x 23cm
Number of pages 108,
Cost €26.00 ONLINE PURCHASE DISCOUNT €23.00