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In April 2014, I had the opportunity to visit with my Polish friend Anna Nietmoko, one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Italy, very close to the Vatican. It forms part of the Orto Botanico dell’Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, also known as botanical garden of Rome.

The Orto Botanico di Roma stretches 12 hectares and was built in 1883. The Japanese garden was built from 1990 to 1994, at the top of the hill. It is the work of landscape architect Ken Nakajima (1914-2000), whose legacy includes some of the most important Japanese gardens built outside of Japan, such as the Montreal Botanical Garden, Cowra Garden in Australia, or the Japanese Garden in Moscow.

By knowing the garden’s responsible technician, Mr. Paco Donato I add info regarding its history and design, which he so kindly has sent me (and I must add that I’m truly thankful for his cooperation) and that I’ll include in my personal point of view, through which I hope you travel alongside me…

Drawing on the ancestral tradition of the Hanami, observing the beauty of Japanese cherry blossoms, I wrote an extensive article (in spanish) that you can read this on ebook version, which you can download here ES.

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