░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ ░░░░░▀▄░░░▄▀░░░░░ ░░░░▄█▀███▀█▄░░░░ ░░░█▀███████▀█░░░ ░░░█░█▀▀▀▀▀█░█░░░ ░░░░░░▀▀░▀▀░░░░░░ ░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Hello source traveller !

ABOUT ME

I am an Italian architect and gardener.

On a professional side, I work at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens as Senior Horticultural Supervisor for the external areas (15 acres = 6 hectares). I also directly maintain two rock gardens, the Japanese Garden, the Winter Border, Mediterranean Borders and two National Collections (Cyclamen and Bonsai). There is of course a fair load of administration work involved: volunteers recruitment, budget keeping, etc.

I hold experience in other British gardens, specifically botanical institutions, private houses, and royal estates. I worked for two years in Japan as Head Gardener, in an English-style garden in the southern part of the archipelago.

Architect by education, I enjoy keeping both secateurs and the pencil always with me. Garden design and consultancy are a relevant activity of my working life, together with writing.

MY LINKEDIN

MY BACKGROUND

HORTICULTURAL TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Complete RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture (4 commendations)
  • Cambridge University Botanic Garden Certificate of Higher Education in Practical Horticulture and Plantsmanship
  • Professional Gardeners’ Guild Diploma in Practical Horticulture
  • Certificates from the recognised associations of the English industry of horticulture and landscaping (NPTC, PASMA)
  • Legal qualifications in the use of the tractor driving, chainsaw, chemical spraying, wood-chipper, brushcutter and strimmer, scaffolding towers
  • Training in dry stone walling, hedge laying, risk assessment, manual handling, first aid

DESIGN EDUCATION

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies IUAV Institute of Architecture Venice.
  • Diploma in Garden Design from the English Gardening School (based at the Chelsea Physic Garden).

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

 

  • Professional experience gained in three different countries.
  • Over ten years of hand-on experience in amenity, ornamental, and botanical horticulture.
  • First-hand experience of Japanese gardening and flora (plant choice, pruning and bonsai).

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

MY PLACES

Ferrara, Gardening for Privates

Amico Verde logo

Professional Gardener

Cliveden

National Trust logo

Horticultural Volunteer

Stowe Landscape Garden

National Trust logo

Horticultural Volunteer

Castle Ward

National Trust logo

Horticultural Volunteer

Rome - Gardening for Privates

Quality Garden Line logo

Professional Gardener

Osborne House

Professional Gardeners' Guild logo English Heritage logo

PGG Trainee Gardener

Taurus Mountains

Alpine Garden Society logo Merlin Trust logo

Alpine Garden Society Botanical Trip

National Botanic Garden of Wales

Professional Gardeners' Guild logo National Botanic Gardens of Wales logo

PGG Trainee Gardener

Parques de Sintra

Parques de Sintra logo

Work Experience

Sicily, Gardens and Landscapes

Sicily logo

Horticultural Trip

University of Bristol Botanical Garden

University of Bristol Botanic Garden logo

Work Experience

Highgrove House and Gardens

Professional Gardeners' Guild logo Highgrove logo

PGG Trainee Gardener

Llwynywermod

Prince of Wales logo

Work Experience

Birkhall, Balmoral Estate

Prince of Wales logo

Work Experience

Wespelaar Arboretum

Arboretum Wespelaar logo

Work Experience

Tresco Abbey Garden

Professional Gardeners Trust logo Tresco Abbey Garden logo

work experience

Cambridge University Botanical Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden logo

Horticultural Technician

Tsuzuki Gakuen English Garden

Japan University of Economics

Head Gardener

Trentham Gardens

Gardens Team Leader

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses

Senior Horticultural Supervisor

Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden

Work Experience