Archive 2020 - 2021

Orticolario. The Origin

Theme and Plants Orticolario 2020. Giorgia Caccia. Ph. Luigi Fieni

Ph. Luigi Fieni. Modella: Giorgia Caccia.

“The Origin” is the first response to the pandemic

It is a virtual project of Orticolario,the story of the origin, of the spark from which an idea is born, of how Seduction and Maple, the themes of the year, are the inspiration of all participants.
An immersive experience, developed with Matterport 3D technology (desktop recommended), including VR (virtual reality) viewers.
It will project the user in any place, thus breaking down any geographical barrier. Entry to “The Origin” is free.

3D virtual tour experience

It will take place in Villa Erba and offer a walk in the park, in the exhibition centre, in Villa Antica, for a guided tour (experience to buy for a fee and purchasable again from 03.10.2022) and its dungeons.


Along the route there will be linkable points of interest, each of which is an exhibitor: from the nurseryman to the craftsman, from the artist to the landscape architect, presenting a sheet with the products and the news of the year, a project, a thought.

Unreleased videos

Numerous sheets will contain a video, each of which is a portal opening onto landscapes in Italy and in the world: unexpected places in the mountains of Lake Como, nurseries, private gardens, a valley of maples in Japan, the park of a castle in France, …
If you find yourself in a summer garden, or in a spring forest, while outside the window it is autumn or winter, don’t be surprised. Each video proposes nature as inspiring muse, beyond the boundaries of time and space …
You do not have to choose, but let yourself be seduced by everything and everyone.

Enter The Origin

The theme and the plant of the edition


Nature and its shrewdness, deception and subtle conjuring tricks.
To attract, deceive, survive.
Seduction like a ritual and a spell that brings you closer.
Seduction in the forms of the landscape and among the pleasures of the garden, a place full of sensoriality, an ethical and aesthetic space, where nature and imagination can be cultivated.

The maple

“Lake Como is suitable for all those who do not intend to resist their passions”, this is what the French writer and politician Maurice Barrès told about his journey on the Lario.
Who knows how many passions and loves were born on the shores of the lake, in the gardens of its villas, perhaps in the shade of the large maples arrived from the Rising Sun, where their leaves symbolize lovers.
These are the stories of the Gardenlovers, who seduce and let themselves be seduced among the foliage of these skilled transformers of the autumn landscape from the Far East to Europe, up to the North America.

More about Seduction and The maple

The Monday’s appointement with articles “Sensitive Nature” o “Travelling into a landscape” will be about the themes of the edition:
> Enjoy the reading

“Orticolario Diffuso” is the second response to the pandemic

Events and initiatives in the Como area from June 2021 to January 2022
>Further informations

“Le piante dell’amore” Christian Rätsch (Gremese Editore, 1991)
“La meravigliosa vita delle farfalle” Gianumberto Accinelli (Edizioni Pendragon, 2014)
“Frammenti del creato. Riflessioni, racconti, poesie sulle farfalle” Hermann Hesse (Oscar Mondadori, 2013)
“La struttura dell’iki e l’ascolto dell’Essere. Riflessioni sul linguaggio tra Shūzō Kuki e Martin Heidegger” Alberto Giacomelli. From “Scenari” (Mimesis Edizioni, 9/2019)
“Sul vento che scorre” Kuki Shūzō. Translation by Lorenzo Marinucci (Il melangolo, 2012)
“Riti e miti della seduzione” Aldo Carotenuto (Bompiani, 1994)
“Paesaggi: didattica, ricerche e progetti” Guido Ferrara, Giulio G. Rizzo, Mariella Zoppi (Firenze University Press, 2007)
“Il Paradiso é un giardino selvatico. Storie ed esperimenti di botanica per artisti” Antonio Perazzi (Utet, 2019)
“Le lacrime di Mirra: Miti e luoghi dei profumi nel mondo antico” Giuseppe Squillace (il Mulino, 2015)
“Nel giardino del diavolo: Storia lussuriosa dei cibi proibiti” Stewart Lee Allen (Feltrinelli, 2005)
“Le confessioni della carne. Storia della sessualità” Michel Focault (Feltrinelli, 2019)
“Elogio delle erbacce” Richard Mabey (Ponte alle Grazie, 2011)
“Verde brillante. Sensibilità e intelligenza del mondo vegetale” Stefano Mancuso e Alessandra Viola (Giunti Editore, 2013)
“Florario. Miti, leggende e simboli di fiori e piante” Alfredo Cattabiani (Oscar Mondadori, 2016)
“Il giardino islamico. Architettura, Natura, Paesaggio” a cura di Attilio Petruccioli (Electa, 1994)
“Il giardino islamico” Luigi Zangheri, Brunella Lorenzi, Nausikaa M. Rahmati (Leo S. Olschki, 2006)