Cervia Garden City

Cervia Garden City

47° Edition in Honor of Riccardo Todoli

The biggest open-air floral art exhibition in Europe increasingly international… More international than ever!
…that lasts in time a looks to the future!

From May to September in Cervia, Milano Marittima, Pinarella and Tagliata


“To be in harmony with others is the supreme beauty of life, like a marvellous flower.”

Daisaku Ikeda

The Green History of a City

The environment is unique. Among the pinewood, the sea and the salt pans, the territory of Cervia lives on with always bright colours and intoxicating scents, offering countless opportunities to live in contact with nature.

In this environment stands out an international event that every year renews the green dress of the town. Cervia Garden City May in Bloom was born from a Germano Todoli’s idea in the early seventies and carried out by his son Riccardo and today it has taken on an international character of the highest level and has become the largest open-air floral art exhibition in Europe as well as an international reference point for architects and technicians of the green.

The event immediately focused its attention on a very important theme and for the period very advanced, namely care and protection of the environment.

A Festival That Unites People

The event involves every year more than 60 participants including institutions, schools, realities of various kinds, especially European cities that compete in the architecture of greenery to offer the best and most stunning that can be created with plants and flowers.

The event, which for years has gone beyond Europe’s borders, will also be able to count on the participation of Lewes, an American city of Delaware and Castlegar, a Canadian city of British Columbia, alongside the Canadian association “Communities in Bloom”, which every year organises the “International Challenge” competition, which includes representatives from all over the world.

The event, which for years has gone beyond Europe’s borders, will also be able to count on the participation of Lewes, an American city of Delaware and Castlegar, a Canadian city of British Columbia, alongside the Canadian association “Communities in Bloom”, which every year organises the “International Challenge” competition, which includes representatives from all over the world.

Technicians, experts and master gardeners from 12 countries that are Austria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Switzerland, the United States of America and Hungary meet in Cervia to transform flowerbeds and gardens into true works of art, to experiment with unique techniques and floral innovations, creating an opportunity for discussion and exchange of creativity, ways of intervention, methods and innovations in the management of public and private greenery.

Over 350,000 plants of flowers and thousands of square meters of turf, sculptures, expressions and exciting compositions, figures and geometries, original gardens and incredible floral arrangements, carefully curated by the Green Service throughout the summertime, which can be admired walking through the town.

The News of 2019

Now in its 47th edition Cervia Garden City will present the new gardens in the last weekend of May with installations that will amaze also this year for imagination and originality of the compositions.

In addition, thanks to the collaboration with Apimondia (International Federation of Beekeepers Associations), will be proposed (from 22 to 26 May) “The Golden House of Bees”, an exhibition on the various types of hives that have welcomed bees to highlight their evolution over the last century in the historic Magazzino del Sale.
Starting from the simplest materials, it has been possible to modify the structure of the hives and to insert a series of sensors to detect what happens inside the hives, especially to monitor the condition of the bees due to the change in the external environment and to ensure that they are well. The monitoring devices allow you to know how the activity of collecting nectar from bees is going and to optimize the interventions and target them to family’s specific needs of the time.

In this context, we can remember that bees make it possible to carry out an extensive monitoring of the environment and to transmit very accurate information about the state of health of the territory in which they operate, and this also plays an important role for human health.

The exposition is completed by a photographic exhibition, tastings and sale of honey and there will be the possibility to attend the honey extraction.

To complete the floral weekend the “Green Market” (25 and 26 May) dedicated to lovers of gardening and herbalism that will animate the old town from morning to night organized by the Consortium “Cervia Centro”, an “Extemporaneous Art” by the Association Cervia meets the art and the exhibition “Spring in Bonsai” by Cervia Bonsai, in the Magazzini del Sale (from 24 to 26 May).

Moreover, an unmissable opportunity to discover the wonders of Cervia Città Giardino is the FREE guided tour “Come Canne al Vento” which will be held on Saturday 25 May at 4.00 pm in Piazzale dei Salinari in Cervia. Speakers:

  • Flavia Mazzoni, Agronomist Responsible for Green Service Municipality of Cervia
  • Stefania Camisassa, Agronomist Manager of Green Service City of Turin
  • Wolfgang Ziegler, Dipl. Ing. Section Green Urban Gardens Cemeteries Woods City of Stuttgart

Also confirmed for 2019 the walks and the exhibition of painting “En plein air” in the Wood of the Duke of Altemps by Alteo Missiroli and the environmental initiatives for the enhancement of the pinewood by Renato Lombardi.

An Event that “Puts Roots” in the Territory

Thanks to this event also a growth of the culture of greenery in citizens and entrepreneurs who, stimulated by the floral competition, compete to offer well-kept and innovative gardens every year and many initiatives dedicated to green, just think of the competition “Flower Showcases” in collaboration with the Consortium “Cervia Centro” and the “Proloco” of Milano Marittima.

The result is surprising with well-kept and innovative green areas even in public establishments and private homes. Cervia Garden City is an event known and appreciated throughout Italy, Europe and overseas.

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PROGRAM

 

The Golden House of Bees
From 22 to 26 May – Salt Warehouse / Via Nazario Sauro / Cervia
Inauguration 22 May at 18:00

“The Golden House of Bees” an exhibition on the various types of hives that have welcomed the bees to highlight the evolution during the last century. Starting from the simplest materials, it was possible to modify the structure of the hives and to insert a series of sensors to detect what happens inside the hives, especially to monitor the condition of the bees due to the change in the external environment and to ensure that they are well.

The monitoring devices allow you to know how the activity of collecting nectar from bees is going and then optimize the interventions and target them to specific needs of the time of the family. In this context, it can be remembered that bees make it possible to carry out a widespread monitoring of the environment and to transmit very accurate information on the state of health of the territory in which they operate and this also plays an important role for human health. The exhibition is completed by a photographic exhibition, tastings and sale of honey and you can attend the honey extraction.


Europe’s largest open-air floral art exhibition

From 23 May to 30 September

Exhibition of floral arrangements made during the month of May by more than 60 cities and institutions participating, distributed in various points of Cervia, Milano Marittima, Pinarella and Tagliata. The original gardens and floral arrangements will be maintained and cared for throughout the summer season by the Green Service of the Municipality of Cervia.


Spring in Bonsai

from 24 to 26 May – Salt Warehouses/ Via Nazario Sauro/Cervia
Exhibition of Bonsai and workshops by the “Cervia Bonsai” Association

FREE guided tour “Come Canne al Vento”
25th May at 4.00pm in Piazzale dei Salinari in Cervia
A guided tour that pays homage to the beauty of nature: the idea of marsh plants that bend to the wind without being beaten down, expressed by the verses of Grazia Deledda, she will find herself in the stable garden executed with perennial plants in Cervia in the Piazzale dei Salinari. An experience that intends to tell through a garden, the balance of a place suspended between water and land. The famous fountain designed by Tonino Guerra and located in the center of the square, testifies to the culture of biodiversity which is at the same time value and wealth to be left to the next generations.

Speakers:

  • Flavia Mazzoni, Agronomist Responsible for Green Service Municipality of Cervia
  • Stefania Camisassa, Agronomist Green Office Manager City of Turin
  • Wolfgang Ziegler, Dipl. Ing. Urban Green Section Gardens Cemeteries Woods City of Stuttgart


Green Market

25 and 26 May-Historic Centre and Viale Roma/Cervia
Nurseries, plants and flowers, bonsai, succulent plants and natural products are the protagonists of this market organized by the Consortium Cervia Center. To enrich the offer, however, there are also artistic and craft creations, pottery, vases and outdoor furniture. This is the 13th edition of the event, dedicated to lovers of gardening, herbalism and natural products. Inside of the event will also take place an Extemporaneous Art, with flowers painted on the spot in Piazza Garibaldi by painters of the Association “Cervia Meets the Art”.


Contest “Vetrine Fiorite” 2019
May – Cervia and Milano Marittima
A challenge between the shopkeepers of the centre of Cervia and Milano Marittima, with the title of most flowery showcase up for grabs! The competition will take place during the month of May and the winner will be decided through an online vote open to the public. This initiative has been carried out in collaboration with the Consorzio Cervia Centro and the Proloco di Milano Marittima.