Already declared Natural Monument of the Lazio Region, the Garden of Ninfa has the chance to make headlines all over Europe. In fact, he was named among the finalists of theEuropean Garden Award. The prestigious award ceremonies have been scheduled for the next 7 September a Nordkirchenin Germany, an event that will also be attended by Tommaso Agnonipresident of the Roffredo Caetani Foundation and the director of the garden, Lauro Marchetti. The Garden of Ninfa will then represent Italy for the category "The European heritage of gardens and gardening". After receiving recognition from the New York Times as the most beautiful and romantic place in the world, this corner of paradise is one step away from another major award.
The event was established by the European Garden Heritage Network EGHN in 2010, according to a note, and has been supported by Lorenz von Ehren Nurseries in Hamburg since 2012. The aim of the non-profit organisation is to raise awareness for the European heritage of the gardens and the gardening contemporary and promote international cooperation. Fourteen countries were willing to support this event, with as many as 190 parks and gardens, with the hope of reaching the final stage.
Up to last year, 67 winners were awarded in four categories:
- Best restoration or development of historic park or garden;
- Innovative concept o design of a contemporary park;
- Schloss Dyck Foundation Special Award (no award in 2018);
- Large-scale concept green or network
Members of the European Garden Award 2018/2019 jury will be: Kerstin Abicht (Germany), Roswitha Arnold (Germany), ed Bennis (UK), Gunnar Ericson (Sweden), Jacob Fischer (Denmark), Davorin Gazvoda (Slovenia), Stephan Lenzen (Germany), Brigitte Mang (Germany), Nuno Oliveira (Portugal), Mariachiara Pozzana (Italy), Alan Thornley (UK), Lieneke van Campen (Netherlands), Michael Walk (UK), Udo Woltering (Germany).
"The Garden of Ninfa is a place of the soul'.
"The Garden of Ninfa - stressed President Tommaso Agnoni in a statement - is now a worldwide attraction and a reference point throughout Europe. The dream of the Caetani family, their story that is also the story of an entire territory and a piece of Italy, lives on thanks to the work of the Foundation and the many people who work every day to preserve the Garden of Ninfa as it was left to us and as it was conceived: a place of the soul where nature and history coexist in perfect harmony'.