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BGCI participates in successful GardMed Conference

24 April 2013

Julia Willison, BGCI’s Director of Education, traveled to Syracusa, Sicily, to participate in the Conference ‘GARDMED, the network of Mediterranean Gardens’ from 5-6 April.  GARDMED has been set up as part of a two year project co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund – under the Italy-Malta Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013.  A wide range of gardens are involved in the network including public, private and botanic gardens. 

The purpose of the Conference was to bring together Project participants and ‘experts’ to test a sustainability index for gardens developed through the project and discuss the future of the network.  External partners involved in the meeting included representatives from Med-o-Med (Mediterranean Islamic gardens and cultural heritage landscape network), Al Quds University Botanic Garden, Palestine,  Al-Hima, Jordan, Historical Gardens Society, Rome, Lombardy Regional Botanic Garden Network.

The first day’s session was held in Villa Reimann, located on the outskirts of Syracuse and one of the gardens included in the network.  Partners presented the project and launched a promotional book about the gardens involved in the project.  During the second day, the Conference offered an opportunity to visit three very different Sicilian gardens : Latomia dei Cappuccini, a public garden in Syracuse, Il Giardino del Biviere, a private garden on the outskirts of Lentini, close to Catania and Catania Botanic Garden.

To find out more about the project, visit the website at


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