Giardini-della-Landriana_Ardea_giardino-all-italiana_RomaThis place is considered  a secret botanical garden near Rome. A few kilometers from Rome in the city of Ardea there is an enchanted place little known even to the Romans, the Landriana Gardens.
, This area of about 10 hectares, which was originally intended to farm, the Marquise Lavinia Tavernain, in the 50s, began to purchase and plant trees , flowers essences of all kinds, with enthusiasm and passion. She does not follow a specific or a plan.
A few years later, Russell Page, one of the most important landscape painters of the last century, designed a series of theme rooms that follow one after the other in a geometric pattern.
Following Lavinia Taverna expands the garden giving it a freer form, enriching progressively with essences of various origin, and also creating an artificial lake.

Ardea-Roma_Giardini-della-Landriana_ Il-lago-delle-calleThe Landriana Gardens are open from April to November and twice a year, in Spring and in Autumn, they held a major exhibition of gardening with exhibitors coming from all over Italy. 

It becomes more and more critical and what until yesterday was fine, you not like today maybe more, by moving ahead on this path of taste and evaluated differently certain heights, certain proportions between a plant and the other, certain widths of the edge. Marchesa-Lavinia-TavernaPerhaps after so many years that you look, you have the most trained eye, it also helps a lot criticism of a person who comes from outside. In a way, I love the criticism, because sometimes to fury to stay there, in the garden, you get used to seeing in the same way, instead of a person from outside can give good advice, and then if you think back you say: “He reason, I had not noticed “. Many blame me planting too close, but Russell said that we have to plant as well because the plants are held company and grow much faster. Then we must sacrificing someone with courage, when you begin to annoy each other. But if you begin to plant them away, they put too much to grow. Russell also said that one must wait three years when doing a garden, to see some results, but not many more. Three years, to have a pleasant garden already, are not too many, you just have a little ‘patience. Fifteen years instead are too many, you can not work only for a future so lontano. In down, compared to the long history of this garden, what Russell was only a step; But this step was essential, decisive, because I would have never done a garden if he had not given me the idea that I could make one. At that moment I was just collecting plants. Instead he came and said: “No, we do a garden, which is another thing.” And thus it was born the Landriana garden.

Tour: Giardini della Landriana


1. Courtyard of Carob
the central octagon, under the carob tree, a thick carpet of Lippia repens; around an original set of evergreen shrubs among which cool Michelia, Banksia serrata, glossy Coprosma and Parasyringa sempervirens.

2. Viale delle Rose “Bonica”
On the left of the long perspective the “rooms” of the Rose, held by a hedge of Eyonymus japonicus microphyllus Variegatus; the right lush waterfalls and Polygonum convolvulus sabatius biflorum and some very rare shrubs like Colletia cruciata and Budleya altenifolia.

3. Garden of Heathers
A small jungle delights, hung with a thousand heathers with many Australian plants.

4. Orange Garden
One of the “formal” Landriana Gardens; great balls of citrus and maple trees and small balls African Myrsine dominate the soft colors of the diamond shapes plastered with Lysimachia.

5. Garden of Viburnum
In the second of the “formal” gardens simplicity and proportions are teachers: Viburnum tinus and a mass of pink tulips in April

6. Cypress Avenue
Among the walls of Pittosporum tobira a border of Liriope muscari dotted with cypress trees.

7. Garden of Olives
Under the old olive trees, flower beds strictly defined, they radiate an exuberance of small shrubs, perennials and bulbs, all with flowers on purple or yellow; tulips, garlic, Tulbanghia, various Lamium, Salvie, Ruta graveolens, Phlomis fruticosa and Rose.

8. White Avenue
A long flight of steps flanked by wide borders in the name of white and light pink; iberis, Armoury, Gaura and Salvia leucantha as a prelude to shrubs: Rosa Romneya, Carpentry, Hibiscus “White la France” Hoheria and Sorbus. A tip: if you come down to observe the whole staircase looking back.

9. Antique Rose Valley
A myriad of fragrant roses grow in free form flower beds, bordered with lavender, thyme and nepeta. The colors range from pure white to every shade of pink and crimson. When the roses take their rest midsummer, arise among them many flowering shrubs of Pavonia rosea.o hides the Secret Fountain.

10. Angle of Magnolias
The Rose Valley is confined to the north by a large group of magnolias, some summer-flowering as the rare Magnolia delavayi, others- the orientali- a spring flower.

11. Small formal gardens
They have a terrace and a prelude to the Italian Garden: well-defined lozenges contain pyramids Trachelospermum Jasminoides.

12. Italian Garden
The overall size and the rigorous design of squares and rectangles of laurel hedges, the squares of euonymus surrounded lilac verbena and Magnolia grandiflora files have made this, the best known of Landriana Gardens.

13. Spanish Hot
camphor trees hide a small garden tub. The slopes are covered with Buxus; around the bath vessels to seasonal blooms: Lantana montevidensis and small boxwood ball for small vessels, laurel sapling for large vessels.

14. Garden of Meli
Under the apple trees and a few cherry trees flowering, the rhaphiolepis and a carpet of tiny daisies (Erigeron karvinskianus) and violets.

15. The forest
Although the collections of camellias predominate in the woods – in the lower part of the Camellias “Italian” – find refuge here, rare shrubs like Gordonia chrysantha, Enkianthus campanulatus and various Cornus and Leucothoe and a whole collection of ivies.

16. The lake of calle
The swamp cypress – Taxodium distichum – are the most important trees of the lake. Inevitable and unusual are the huge leaves of Gunnera manicata.

17. The forest of cyclamens
A very quiet corner carpeted with a thick mantle of Cyclamen.

18. The lawn of Prunus
A beautiful open space cheered by blossoming P.padus and P. Accolade.

19. The Valley of the Roses “Mutabilis”
A multitude of “mutabilis”, the most airy of roses, like so many butterflies hovering over a dark sea of Ophiopogon japonicus. On Melia azederach trees it climbs a now very rare tea rose, the “Belle Lyonnaise”.

20. The Oak Garden
Helleborus, Narcissus and Bergenia grow well under the shadow of our oaks in the company of many shrubs including the little known Rhodotypos scandens, with large white flowers in spring.

21. The blue grass
A large lawn (busy these days from “Spring to Landriana”) hosting, as the name implies, plants mainly in blue, highlighted by the mass of “Swany” white roses and other plants. Then there are Agapanthus, Salvia and Salvia x Indigospire misella and even simple plants such as bluebells and periwinkle; but the pride of this garden are the Ceanothus, with their unbeatable flowering of every shade of blue.

22. The Grey Garden
At Landriana there has always been a gray garden, now set in an avenue of trees and beautiful Echium – which now forms the partition between the garden exhibition spaces. Here are the cysts, lavenders, all the sagebrush, the Westringia and a thousand other plants, including the “Iceberg” rose to make it the sunniest of all our gardens. And because the water must never be far away in a Mediterranean garden, at the bottom it hides the Secret Fountain.

23. Collection of Hydrangeas
Grow here, in the shadow of pine trees many varieties of Hydrangea macrophylla.


The garden is open to the public from Monday, March 28 (Easter Monday) Tuesday, November 1, in some Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (see the following calendar).
During its opening days reported later, the entrance is without reservation (except for groups with at least 10 people and schools) and is regulated with guided tours (lasting about an hour) with departures at the specified time. On days when there will be the market exhibitions, the garden is still open to visitors throughout the day with groups that start depending on the influx.
Group visits and school (with lunch) option can be arranged every day of the week upon request by mail to: or telephone arrangement 039.6081532 – 333.2266855 (for more information see the website of the “Schools sections “or” Groups “).


Last year have started and are continuing, some major rejuvenation works in Landriana Gardens. The first plants that have benefited from this were accurate pruning hedges of Lauro nobilis of the Italian garden, large Magnolias, the garden of the gray plants and many more. This work with seasonal rhythms that will cover the whole garden: a great speech, very challenging, but essential to give freshness to the gardens of the past.


    The tours will start at 10:00 to 12:00 – 15:00 to 16:30
There will be opportunities to stop for lunch


    Sunday 3, 10, 17 with visits to the hours 10:30 to 12:00 – 15:00 to 16:30
(All opening days of this month will be able to stop for lunch)
22/23/24/25 weekend in April – “SPRING TO Landriana” 21 th edition
Shows the quality of market gardening (unusual and rare plants, trees, flowers, bulbs, tools, vases, books, garden furniture and furniture accessories ……). Opening hours: from 10.00 to 19.00
For details see “Events”


    Every Saturday (7 – 14 – 21 – 28) with visits at 10.30 – 12.00 – 15:00 to 16:30
Every Sunday (1 – 8 – 15 – 22 – 29) with visits to the hours 10:30 to 12:00 – 15:00 to 16:30
(All opening days of this month will be able to stop for lunch)


    Thursday 2nd and Sunday 12 with visits at 17:00 and 18:30


    Sunday 3 pm with tours 17:00 and 18:30




    Sunday 11:18 to 10:30 and 12:00 with visits


    Sunday 2 pm with tours 15:00 and 16:30
Weekend 7/8/9 October – “AUTUMN TO Landriana” 15th edition
Gardening exhibition market in autumn as quality (unusual and rare plants, trees, flowers, bulbs, tools, vases, books, garden furniture and furniture accessories ……). Opening hours: from 10.00 to 18.00
For details see the press release of the “Events” section.


    Tuesday 1 ^ with tours at 10:30 and 12:00
(On this day you can stop for lunch)

ENTRANCE (available on site and including the guide):

    € 8,00 adults
€ 4.00 children aged 10 to 12 years
Free for children up to 10 years

For revenue prices in the days of the exhibition see the events section.
For revenue prices for groups and schools see guided tours.

For every information:

For information and booking guided tours for schools, groups, receptions, photo shoots and information about the exhibitors in events call Mrs. Cinzia Nebel +39 039.6081532

For all other information call +39 333.2266855



Via Campo di Carne, 51, 00040 Tor San Lorenzo Ardea (Roma)


For information
Ms Nebel Cinzia
tel. +39 039 6081532
fax. +39 039 6884347

Delivery to gardens (only active in the days of the garden opening): Phone:
+39 06 9101 4140


How to reach the gardens by car

The Landriana Gardens are located south of Rome, in Tor San Lorenzo – Ardea.
To reach the place:
  Take the
Pontina S.S. 148 and exit at via Riserva Nuova (commercial centre Aprilia 2) – take the street Via Riserva Nuova to the end – turn right at the intersection and take via della Cogna and go straight to Via Campo di Carne at number 51 on the right (after nurseries) you have arrived at “Landriana Gardens”.

Signpost – Google Maps

How to reach by train and gardens with the train and the shuttle

Train from Termini station (direction Nettuno) station Campo di Carne (about 40 minutes).

    Departures trains from Rome Termini at Campo di Carne: 6:07; 6:13; 7:14; 8:21; 9:42; 10:42; 11:42 … etc.
Upon arrival, take the shuttle from the train station Campo di Carne direction Tor San Lorenzo and ask to stop in front of Landriana Gardens.
For the return, you have to wait for the shuttle to Via Campo di Carne, opposite the entrance of the gardens.
Trains leaving from Campo di Carne in Rome Termini: … 15:37; 16:36; 17:02; 17:36; 18:36; 19:36; 20:36; 22:26.

Attention: On Sundays the shuttle service is not running and the trains are less frequent.




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