"This book invites us to enter the secret garden, to follow its paths and adapt our state of mind to each of them, in harmony with the plants and flowers that welcome us." -Elio Franzini Chancellor of the Università degli Studi di Milano
In the bustling center of Milan, there is a silent oasis of greenery, unexpected and romantic, which welcomes the visitor with large trees and a rich botanical heritage. Hemmed in between elegant buildings, the Brera Botanical Garden is a secluded spot, an open-air museum that still transmits the character that has distinguished it through the centuries of its history. Much loved by those who frequent it regularly, it is at the same time little known to many locals and tourists. Hence visiting it offers the experience of discovering an almost secret garden.
This book presents readers with an itinerary for its exploration, recounted for the first time by those who tend the garden daily. It entwines history and science, marked by the special features of the collections and the buildings that form the identity of this lively and ever-changing place. Our journey takes us to a garden that has its roots in the distant past, lives with commitment in the present and has its gaze on the near future.