5. “Il ritorno al bosco sacro”

Rosi Sgaravatti, landscape designer and Mirko Melis, garden designer
Rosi Sgaravatti, landscape designer and Mirko Melis, garden designer

The concept

An oak forest to represent life, joy, love and even death. The allegory of human life. A pagan temple to recover the concept of sacredness of the tree and the earth, the union between man and nature.  A place where gods communicate with men through the rustling of leaves. An acorn symbol of fertility and eternal youth to represent what man is and his becoming. Magic, enchantment, seduction, encounter with the Divine, everything can happen in the sacred wood.

The interview

What is the last book you read? And what will be the next one?
Rosi: “Flower Hunters” by Mary and John Gribbin.
Mirko: “Oltre il giardino” di Massimo Venturi Ferriolo.

Your next trip?
Rosi : Japan.
Mirko:  I’d like to visit Madagascar, but I’m waiting for better times to travel.

Favourite colour?
Rosi: Green and light blue.
Mirko: I cannot decided between white and light blue. The first for the undisputed elegance and the second for the preciousness that this colour gives to the flowers that carry it.

What is the plant that matters most to you?
Rosi: Mastic e Hibiscus.
Mirko: It is very difficult .. I would say that the Rosae genus has always fascinated me. However, there are two plants that I love, Petrea volubilis and Quisqulis indica.

Where would you live?
Rosi: in Sardinia.
Mirko: I live in a beautiful land, I don’t think I could ask for more.

What is your favourite historical era?
Rosi: the future.
Mirko: I would say the nineteenth century when botanists travelled the world in search of botanical curiosities for the wonder of European royalty.