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From Lombardy to Sardinia, passing through Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna and
Tuscany, for the International Competition “Creative Spaces” 2022. Here are the
five finalists-storytellers, who will exhibit their creations in the historic park of Villa
Erba on Lake Como, on the occasion of the twelfth edition of Orticolario from 29
September to 2 October 2022

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
Albert Einstein

Cernobbio (CO), 29 March 2022 – Gianni Rodari, who with his work has helped
to bring the great power of imagination to adults as well, clarified the concept:
“Fairy tales help to remember, to relive, to explore the world, to classify people,
destinies, events. They help to build the structures of the imagination that are the
same as those of thought”. And the “Fairy Tale”, the theme of Orticolario 2022,
gave the green light to the participants of the international competition “Creative
Spaces” to imagine new ways of thinking about the landscape. Five are the finalists,
evaluated by the Awarding Commission among numerous proposals sent by
architects, designers, landscapers, artists, gardeners and nurserymen. Five
finalists-storytellers who will tell their stories, some among the bamboos, plant of
the year, some wearing the fairy tale in their own way.
The selected ones, who come from different areas of Italy (from Lombardy to
Piedmont, from Emilia-Romagna to Tuscany, up to Sardinia) will carry out their
projects in the historic park of Villa Erba in Cernobbio, during Orticolario,
scheduled from Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October 2022. As always,
original and innovative spaces, liveable and usable gardens, new ideas for
gardens and artistic installations will define a different experience of the
relationship between man and nature.
“Nullus locus sine genio, “there is no place without genius”. What is the landscape
of the fairy tale? It is the one where the genius of fantasy lives, where dreams
become branches grown on the roots of tradition – comments Vittorio Peretto of
the Creative Spaces Selection Committee. The designers of this edition of
Orticolario have thus answered the call by giving a botanical-landscape
interpretation of fantasy”.

1. “Capitolo 7”
Designed and made by Mario Mariani . Galliate (NO) .
> Concept and interview

2. “Eroe allo specchio”
Designed and made by Greenfulness. Parma .
> Concept and interview

3. “La meraviglia del non sapere”
Designed and made by Mema Giardini. Pistoia .
> Concept and interview

4. “Alla ricerca di sé stessi”
Designed and made by Arianna Tomatis. Mondovì (CN) .
> Concept and interview

5. “Il Ritorno al Bosco Incantato”
Designed and made by Sgaravatti Group. Capoterra (CA) .
Concept and interview


The creations will be evaluated by an international jury that will assign the sculpture
award “La Foglia d’oro del Lago di Como” to the best work. The prize is a
curvaceous vase blown on Murano island (Venice) in which floats a golden leaf
decorated with gold 24k, designed and made by Gino Seguso of the historical
Vetreria Artistica Archimede Seguso ( di Murano (Venice). The prize
will be kept by the winner for a limited period, to be subsequently exhibited at Villa
Carlotta (Tremezzina, CO) until the next edition.
In addition to “La Foglia d’oro del Lago di Como” Award, the jury will also assign
other awards: the “Art Award”, for a space in which the balance between art and
nature coexists, where different languages find effective synthesis; the “Journalists’
Award”, for a space expressing itself and moving us like a story, set in the wake of
eco-sustainability also thanks to the use of innovative materials; the “Great Italian
Gardens Award”, for a space that, in the design and implementation, is able to
interpret the destination of a garden opening to the public also through accessible
seating and places for reflection, with botanical collections and blooms; the “Villa
d’Este Award”, where style and elegance combine in a timeless tradition; the “Villa
Carlotta Award” to promote art in the garden, where nature and human ingenuity
may harmoniously coexist; the “AIAPP Matilde Marazzi Award”, for an innovative
space and contextually consistent with the themes of Simplicity, Beauty,
Sustainability, which are fundamental qualities in landscape design, from the
garden to the park, the city and beyond; the “Visitors’ choice Award” for the garden
or art installation voted for by the public.
The “Art Award” and “Journalists’ Award” are works in raku ceramic and stabilized
lichens by Green Design (
May we also remind the “Gardenia Award” to the “memorable” nursery, exhibitor
or installation of the Orticolario edition, awarded by the magazine Gardenia.


Orticolario, now in its twelfth edition, is the cultural event dedicated to those for whom
nature is a lifestyle. Scene of the exhibition will be the botanical park of Villa Erba in
Cernobbio (CO), a nineteenth-century manor house overlooking the shores of Lake
Como, childhood summer residence of director Luchino Visconti. A distinctive feature is
the proposal of thematic gardens and art installations inspired by the theme of the year,
among which the creations of the artists selected in the international competition “Creative
Spaces” stand out. The exhibition, that in 2019 achieved almost 30,000 visitors, is
enriched by a wide range of rare, unusual and collectible plants, artistic craftsmanship
and design with more than 290 carefully selected exhibitors, an intensive calendar of
meetings and numerous educational and creative workshops for children, as well as
performances, film screenings in the dungeons of the Villa Antica and floral shows. At the
centre of the exhibition there is art, which is able to go beyond and break down the borders
between inside and outside. During the three-day event and for the rest of the year,
contributions are collected for the Amici di Orticolario Fund, which supports projects for
the promotion of landscape culture and for five local charities. The next edition of
Orticolario will take place in Villa Erba from 29 September to 2 October 2, 2022.


29 September-2 October 2022 Villa Erba, Cernobbio (CO), on Lake Como
Visitor info: tel. +39 031 3347503, email:
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