THE OTHER GARDENS IN THE VALLE D’AOSTA
There are three other Alpine Botanical Gardens in Valle d’Aosta:
- Chanousia is the oldest one, dating back to 1897: it is at an altitude of 2170 meters, near the Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo, on French soil.
- Paradisia is inside Gran Paradiso National Park, in the valley of Cogne, one of the most interesting areas in Valle d’Aosta in terms of flowering plants. It was founded in 1955 and is located at an altitude of 1700 m. It is unquestionably the most important of the four botanical gardens in Valle d’Aosta, and the one that has achieved the most respected standing scientifically. It takes its name from the mountain lily (Paradisea liliastrum).
- Castel Savoia is the garden founded in 1990 on the grounds of the castle from which it takes its name, which was built at the behest of Queen Margherita in 1898 in Gressoney Saint-Jean. The garden is at an altitude of 1350 meters and is planted for esthetic impact: ornamental plants, with their luxuriant, showy blooms, are featured here.
The four Alpine Gardens in Valle d’Aosta, though managed separately, are coordinated by the Department of the Environment, natural resources and forestry of the Autonomous Region of Valle d’Aosta.