The Story of Cervia Garden City

Cervia Città Giardino is the largest open-air floral art exhibition in Europe, a reference point for architects and green technicians from all over Europe.

Born from an idea of ​​Germano Todoli and carried out by his son Riccardo, the exhibition, that started in the early 1970s, has taken on an international character.

In recent years, over 60 teams of gardeners come every year to Cervia, representing Italian and foreign cities, companies, organizations, schools and associations, to decorate the most beautiful spaces in the area for the tourist season.

The work of this international team has given life to an open-air floral art exhibition, accessible at any time of the day from May to September, until the next spring, when the look of the floral city is adjusted again. This is an exhibition that spreads over public areas throughout the Cervia area.

Over the years, technicians, experts and master gardeners from Italy, Europe and the world have transformed flower beds and gardens into real works of art, experimenting with unique techniques and floral innovations, creating an opportunity for comparison and exchange of creativity, methods of intervention and innovations in the management of public and private green areas.

Throughout the summer, over 350,000 flowers and plants, thousands of square meters of turf, sculptures, exciting expressions and compositions, figures and geometries, original gardens and incredible floral arrangements, carefully cared for by the Green Service of the Municipality of Cervia can be admired while walking around the city.

In 2020, due to the health emergency, it was not possible to host the masters of gardening of 60 and more Italian and foreign delegations who should have met in Cervia, a city of hospitality and integration. Despite the difficult period that we experienced and that was still experienced in 2021, the municipal administration has given continuity to the event, thanks to the “Dante and the Gardens of Eden” project.

The soul of ‘Cervia Città Giardino’ has always been to send a message of joy and hope with flowers. Flowers are synonymous with peace and friendship between peoples, and all this has been possible thanks to the many cities, associations and green companies that have shown us affection and friendship, also in 2021, giving us plants and flowers to keep alive the  tradition of the ‘Maggio in Fiore’ (May in Bloom), showing that our city continues to look ahead, with an explosion of colors that flourish after the darkness of the storm and that represent a bridge that unites us as a symbol of hope and rebirth.

Arte Giardini by Massimo Antonelli

Arte Giardini by Massimo Antonelli

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Associazione Menocchio

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Aalen

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Azimut

Baden bei Wien

Baden bei Wien

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Bagnacavallo

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Bozen

Bormio

Bormio

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Casa delle Farfalle (Butterly House)

Central Garden Maroni

Central Garden Maroni

Centroflora by Gastone Greggi – Forlimpopoli (FC) and Alberi Sparsi Business Network

Centroflora by Gastone Greggi – Forlimpopoli (FC) and Alberi Sparsi Business Network

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CNA Confartigianato Cervia

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Communities in Bloom International Challenge – Comuni Fioriti

Cervia

Cervia

Coniolo – Monferrato

Coniolo – Monferrato

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Coordination of Landscapers and Nurseries of Sardinia

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Elisa Grillini

Floricoltura Abbondanza

Floricoltura Abbondanza

Formigine

Formigine

Giardinerie del Friuli Venezia Giulia

Giardinerie del Friuli Venezia Giulia

Garden Dedicated to Adriana Spazzoli

Garden Dedicated to Adriana Spazzoli

Gocce di Verde green dreams, green planners MONDOVERDE

Gocce di Verde green dreams, green planners MONDOVERDE

Grado

Grado

Innsbruck

Innsbruck

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State Comprehensive Institute “Cervia3”

Jelenia Góra

Jelenia Góra

La Bonne Europe

La Bonne Europe

Lugo

Lugo

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Mapei S.p.a.

Maranello

Maranello

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Milan

Munich

Munich

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Ostalbkreis

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Pančevo

Pinzolo – Madonna di Campiglio, Treville – Madonna di Campiglio and Sant’Antonio di Mavignola

Pinzolo – Madonna di Campiglio, Treville – Madonna di Campiglio and Sant’Antonio di Mavignola

Planta Piante Giovani of Bressanone

Planta Piante Giovani of Bressanone

“Pubblici Giardini” Association

“Pubblici Giardini” Association

Prague

Prague

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Ravenna

Renato Mancini Sculptor

Renato Mancini Sculptor

Rome Capital

Rome Capital

Rotella Mario Cesare – Landscape Painter

Rotella Mario Cesare – Landscape Painter

Sarezzo

Sarezzo

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Scarpellini Garden Center – Cesena (FC)

Sì Frutta/MAAR

Sì Frutta/MAAR

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Stuttgart

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Turin

Treviglio

Treviglio

University of Pisa

University of Pisa

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Università della Terza Età – City of Grado

Unione della Romagna Faentina

Unione della Romagna Faentina

Verona

Verona

Verde Mare Garden – Municipality of Comacchio

Verde Mare Garden – Municipality of Comacchio

Vivai Battistini

Vivai Battistini

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Cooperativa Bagnini Cervia