The Sigurtà Garden Park is a historic property in the heart of Valeggio, it is the garden of Villa Maffei with an extension of sixty acres, opened to the public in 1978, over time, become one of the most beautiful gardens in the world , its origins date back to the fifteenth century. The season of the park is marked by five large blooms , the most famous are those of the avenue of roses and tulips ; particularly suitable for families.
HISTORY OF SIGURTA’ GARDEN PARK
The Sigurtà Park is located in the heart of Valeggio and it takes water for its irrigation thanks to an ancient document , surrounded by a high wall history , so that the entire property has its origin in 1417 and has remained undivided in time thanks to this wall, the property has always been considered as the “brolo”, Celtic term that defined self-sufficient area in which he lived a noble family with all the servants, complete with main house, smaller buildings, chapel, stables, dovecote , stables , warehouses and farmlands, orchards, vegetable gardens , woods for hunting and for the supply of wood , all surrounded by a high wall of defense. in the “brolo” was also provided a space left in the garden for pure enjoyment of the owners and of their hosts, in this case, seems to coincide with the original size you think of the fifteenth century, but definitely recorded from 1616. the property, over the centuries, passed from hand to some important families, such as Guarienti, the Maffei, the Nuvoloni and after a decline in the early decades of the 900, has come to Sigurtà in 1941 , which gradually bring the garden to the magnificence of the past worth remembering that among the guests there were also important emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and Napoleon III.
BLOOMS OF SIGURTA’ GARDEN PARK
In Parco Sigurtà the season is punctuated by five large blooms that begin at the end of March with more than one hundred and fifty varieties of tulips, hyacinths, grape hyacinths
and daffodils, with colors ranging from yellow to red and white cyclamen, followed in late April the iris, which color the long “Avenue of Fontanelle” of yellow, orange and purple, in May, along the “Avenue of roses” the roses bloom which are one of the major attractions of Sigurtà Park in the
summer months blooming water lilies and lotus, the first on the waters of many lakes in the park, with colors ranging from pink to red, white and yellow, the latter with large white and pink petals always near water; past summer, in September, it’s time of asters, from hints of blue and purple with yellow center, flower which forms the Virgil, telling about the ornaments of the altar of his time.
In addition to the five large blooms that mark the passing of the months from March to the end of September, are the completion of the scenario Sigurtà Garden blooms than fifty varieties of annual plants that end with the various shades of pink, red and white begonias and those sage .
ATTRACTIONS PARK GARDEN SIGURTA ‘
|THE AVENUE OF ROSES
The avenue , a mile long , over time it has become the Image of the park thanks to the spring bloom of thirty thousand roses Queen Elisabeth & Floribunda and Hybrid Polyantha that with the Scaliger Castle of Valeggio in the background, giving you a uplifting.
It is built on an area of two thousand square meters , made with yew hedges about two meters high , the center has a tower with a copper dome and two scales that surpass the hedges so that you can admire from the geometry of the labyrinth .
|THE GREAT LAWN
Occupies most of the park, inside you will find the " Flowery Ponds " inhabited by koi , water lilies and adorned with hibiscus and next annual plants that give different colors depending on the season .
|THE MERIDIAN HORIZONTAL
The sundial has required three years of audits after its realization on the part of Astronomical Observatory of Asiago, on its face was created a symbol that symbolizes the sun as the source of life.
|THE GARDEN OF OFFICINAL HERBS
Inside a restricted area, are kept forty varieties of herbs with therapeutic properties , with a central statue of a lion.
Thanks to the care with which they are held , the variety of colors donated by water lilies and reflection of the tower of the Scaliger Castle of Valeggio , seems to admire an impressionist painting .
It is a small temple built by the Marquis Antonio Maffei in 1792 and appointed by him " Hermitage of Laura ", which is where a statue of the Virgin Mary and is reached by a path to steps that take you also to the four lakes of the hermitage .
|THE MONUMENT TO CARLO SIGURTA '
The statue, created by sculptor Dante Carpigiani is placed on a Verona marble base, measuring over three meters in height , so that it is visible from most points of the park; reproduces the figure of the founder of Sigurtà Park .
|THE STONE OF YOUTH
Large boulder of cubic form on which you can see the shape of a human face, the back is positioned a stone slab with an inscription from the American poet Samuel Ullman .
Built by the Marquis Antonio Maffei as "armory ", but now for the family Sigurtà is a place of collection of memories of the Garden and welcoming place for family friends. Over 900 from this place have passed important figures in science and Nobel Prize winners , such as Gerhard Domagk , Alexander Fleming, Selman Abraham Walksman , Albert Bruce Sabin and Konrad Zacharias Lorenz .
|THE BIG OAK
This impressive tree than four hundred years, with six meters in circumference of the trunk and crown of one hundred and twenty , attracts the attention of all visitors to the park and is the oldest plant of the entire park Sigurtà .
Present in large quantities in the park , owe their peculiarity to the pruning that , differently from the custom of the Italian gardens are left to their natural forms.
|THE FARM OF TA '
A space dedicated to children and their families, where the presence of farm animals such as donkeys , chickens, turkeys, ducks, allows the development of some learning activities and play and workshops in collaboration with Veneto Agriculture to support the conservation and enhancement of the races Venetian poultry .
The season opening of the park ranges from early March to early November
March and October from 9.00 to 17.00
From April to the end of September from 9.00 to 18.00
MAP OF THE PARK GARDEN SIGURTA’
Sigurtà Garden Park – Map