THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ALPINE GARDEN
What is the purpose of an alpine garden?
Here’s what it does:
- Systematic – expository: by cultivating the greatest possible number of species, one ensures an ample collection of plants and a staggered and prolonged blooming period. This guarantees that the local flora is represented in the best way possible.
- Didactic – educational: to know the various forms of plant life, it is important to know their names and where they come from. The Gardens augment this knowledge by subdividing the specimens according to geographical provenance, or by habitat, clearly indicated on plaques and illustrative panels. Education is also furthered through exhibits, pamphlets and guides.
- Experimental and repopulating: this function is carried out by cultivating species of particular interest, like those that are rare, threatened or have special properties. Among the latter are medicinal species and those whose essence we prize.
- Floral research: this is carried out by studying the flora inhabiting the area around the Gardens and the nearby valleys.
- Conservation of alpine flora: by selecting plant species and preserving their natural habitat, the Gardens work to sustain the Alps’ biodiversity.
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