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Moritz Mantero, President of Orticolario


The cultural and artistic event dedicated to those who live nature as a lifestyle confirms itself as an event much appreciated by the public, with more and more international visitors.
This year’s “President Award” was given to the Orticolario team

Culture is a common primary good like water.
Claudio Abbado

Cernobbio (CO), October 2, 2023 – Finding the time to reflect on priority and urgent topics, such as the value of water that we often take for granted, nourishing ourselves with beauty and wonder. This is the purest soul of the thirteenth edition of Orticolario, the cultural and artistic event dedicated to those who live nature as a lifestyle, held at Villa Erba on Lake Como from September 28 to October 1: with great satisfaction on the part of the organizers, the pre-pandemic numbers were recovered, with an increase in visitors from foreign countries, evident from the numerous languages spoken during the four days of the event. The educational-creative workshops for children were also very popular and everyone – organizers, exhibitors and visitors – appreciated the very favourable weather. 

An edition featuring several sold out events even before the start of the event, like the charity dinner on Saturday evening, which transformed the Central Pavilion into an original play of lights and sounds. 

In addition to the numbers, what makes Orticolario a successful event is the meticulous attention to detail in the installations, the original proposals of the exhibitors and the themes proposed. Details that can be obtained thanks to the great care of the staff who combine skills and passion: for this very reason, the 2023 “President Award” was given to the Orticolario team. 

“In every edition I give the ‘President Award’ and it immediately seemed appropriate to award it to the Orticolario team for the passion, dedication and commitment put in over a year of work”, says the President, Moritz Mantero. 

Among the key moments, the awarding of the 2023 “Avant Gardening Award” 2023 to Antonio Marras, stylist, designer, artist who explores new expressive forms promoting environmental and social sustainability. The prize is a sculpture by the artist Nicola Salvatore depicting a wave with a whale. 

“It is always exciting to return to this place where my work began – declared Antonio Marras – A magical place full of memories, experienced among others by Luchino Visconti, a fixed point for my obsession with cinema. In this area the nature is wonderful and the opposite of the wilder and more unkempt nature of my Sardinia, which allows me to look at the greenery in a different way.”

Also worth mentioning are the awards of the installations made in the park, selected by the jury of the international competition “Creative Spaces”. The “La Foglia d’Oro del Lago di Como” award (designed and created by Gino Seguso of the historic Vetreria Artistica Archimede Seguso of Murano) was won by the space Flora Conservation “Il battito della vita, designed and created by Annalisa Ferraris and Lino Zuban.

This is the jury statement: “For the correspondence between the project presented, the realization, the attention to detail, the easy reading of the message and the artistic intuition expressed, it highlights the perfect collaboration between two professions of this work. The realization represents an example for future young people who want to undertake the profession and a beautiful inspiration for Orticolario. The distribution of the botanical species and their perfect association reflect the theme of the competition: educate the public to respect ecology focusing on the quality of the botanical species.”

Among the “Creative Spaces” we also note the space “Come il cervo anela all’acqua” by Claudio Marelli that won the “Art Award”, the space Galleria Senesi Arte “L’universo sei tu” by Gabriele Mundula for the “Journalists’ Award, the space Michieli Floricoltura “Swamp Synthesis” by Roberta Studio with Concept CB for the “Villa Carlotta Award”, the space “Sab Green “Tornare alla sorgente” by Gaia Gennati for “Great Italian Gardens Award”, “L’acqua che non c’è: il giardino sostenibile” by Katarzyna Pieniawska and Miledù for the “AIAPP Matilde Marazzi Award”. The installation that won the international “Creative Spaces” competition was also given the “Villa d’Este Award”. Finally, the “Gardenia Award” was given to the project featured in the Central Pavilion “Tecnogoccia” by Tiziano Pedrazzoli of T event, with the collaboration of Mario Mariani and Matteo Boccardo of Vivaio Central Park and Cristiano Messina sound designer. 

May we remember that the purpose of Orticolario is to promote the culture of the landscape and to raise funds for local associations involved in social issues and which contributed to the realization of the event. 

The organizers have already started the countdown for the next edition, the fourteenth, scheduled from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6, October 2024. A new panorama in which to reflect and reflect on. 


September 28 – October 1, 2023 Villa Erba, Cernobbio (CO), on Lake Como
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