LUCCA, 2 September: Murabilia 2022, Lucca’s famed gardening show showcasing 200 Italian and foreign nurseries & exhibitors, continues until September 2. The gardening show organized by Lucca Crea and the Municipality of Lucca, is the most important gardening exhibition in Tuscany and among the largest in Italy.

This year “Invisible links” the first large exhibit of paper flowers in Italy dedicated to the spectacular craftsmanship of Giusy Ferrari Cielo, an experienced international judge, teacher of floral composition, and authority in the sector, was added to the event.

Read more about Ferrari Cielo below.

Murabilia 2022 the nation’s first green event of the autumn season, also offers dozens of other interesting cultural events ranging from exhibitions of tropical plants with huge and lush leaves, to orchids, to botanical painting, as well as tastings of ancient and sometimes little-known fruits and vegetables. 

There are:

  • 10 shows & exhibits
  • Over 40 events focussed on plants, gardeners, explorers, books, workshops & guided tours
  • Guests will include influential landscape architect Paolo Pejrone & Costa Rican Botanist Marco Cedeño Fonseca

An entire section dedicated specifically to young and very young gardeners named ‘Young Gardening’ will offer workshops, demonstrations and a little magic… 

An Herbology class will be set up with lessons on magical plants and potions, defense from the dark arts and botanical divination all dedicated to young magicians. There will also be a focus on insects that are strange, good and useful, carnivorous plants, and even an atelier where little ones can create artistic objects with a vegetable theme. Admission for young people is free up to the age of 14.

Botalia will return with the botanical paintings of Angelo Speziale in the new greenhouses of Lucca’s botanical garden. A much-awaited Habitat exhibition will focus on the Araceae species, elegant and strange varieties of plants with incredible shapes and colors, that are easy to grow and to transform any corner of a home into an exotic jungle. Precisely on this theme Murabilia will host one of the most important botanists in the world dedicated to the study of the Monstera genus: Marco Cedeño Fonseca of the University of Costa Rica on September 3. He will talk about the Araceae he observed in natural settings and new discoveries about them.

Murabilia starts a new series this year: “The Garden between Prose and Design” on September 2, with meetings dedicated to the stories of two exceptional landscape architects: “Pioneers of the Modern Garden” with Maria Chiara Pozzana, and “The Garden in Jane Austen’s novels” with Emanuela Morelli.  These were created in collaboration with the Order of Architects of the Province of Lucca. 

Regarding design, noted landscape architect Silvia Ghierelli will recount her experiences while the VerdeMente prize will be awarded to one of the greatest protagonists of the contemporary Italian garden in the world: the architect Paolo Pejrone.

Franca Gambini will talk about the roses of writer Italo Calvino’s parents Mario and Eva Calvino on September 2, and during the event’s three days there will be interviews and meetings with other great Italian gardeners, nurserymen and growers such as Mario Mariani and Dino Pellizzaro on September 3 and 4, and Andrea Corneo on September 3.

Among the other important events: September 3 Marco Pardini speaks on the herbalist tradition of the Lucca and Versilia area; on September 4 agriculture and female nurseries will be debated by entrepreneur Deborah Piovan, the vice-president of the Accademia dei Georgofili Amedeo Alpi, and Francesca Fazzi.

New books will also be highlighted including a volume on the 200 years of the Botanical Garden of Lucca, sponsored by the city of Lucca, and the Lucchese Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts on September 3; “X-ray tomatoes” and the garden and vegetables of the Grand Duke Cosimo III de ‘Medici (both on September 3); the monumental trees of Italy (September 4), as well as those of the province of Parma (September 2); and finally the fantastic trees of the Kingdom of Valinor in Tolkien’s literature as told by some great connoisseurs of the world of Arda (September 4), including Wu Ming 4, a meeting moderated by Emanuele Vietina, director of Lucca Comics & Games.

Murabilia thanks its sponsors: Ego Wellness Resort, Ivano Gardening, Vorwerk Folletto.

For all the insights and information available, you can consult the website from which it is already possible to buy tickets in advance, through, to skip the line at the ticket office.

Info: Facebook: Murabilia Lucca Instagram: MurabiliaLucca

Invisible Links”: exhibition of floral compositions in paper by Giusi Ferrari Cielo

The artist personally set up “Invisible links” in a sumptuous setting consisting of dining tables and furnishings of great refinement and elegance. The exhibit will take place in San Micheletto in the historic center of Lucca (entrance from via Elisa) and continues to run from September 2 to 4, from 10 to 7pm.

Giusi Ferrari Cielo, teacher, demonstrator, international judge of flower arrangement, represents a point of reference in the art sector of flower arrangement and creation of paper flowers worldwide.

Bresciana di Collebeato, Ferrari Cielo has dedicated her life to the aesthetics of botany, the undisputed protagonist of her refined artistic research. When she composes, it is harmony that inspires the weaving of her works, the ultimate aim of which is to give us an instant of pure beauty: a deep and intimate harmony that pours from the material to the exterior of its colors and shapes. Ferrari Cielo has dedicated herself to floral composition for years: a passion supported by her meticulous knowledge of botany and history of art, costume, furniture and antiques, as well as her exceptional sense of aesthetics and taste. With these she determines the sculpture to develop from her initial floral idea; Ferrari Cielo develops elegant and modern conceptions, exploiting contemporary materials with great skill to create paper flowers of surprising verisimilitude.

Award-winning artist as well as lecturer and judge IIDFA (Italian Institute of Floral Decoration for Amateurs of Sanremo) and EDFA (Floral Decoration Organization for Amateurs Genoa) in prestigious international competitions, she has taught five-year courses in many cities of Italy, in Europe, Canada, Russia and United States. Ferrari Cielo has been the artistic director of important exhibitions, coordinator and protagonist of national and international competitions, including the international competition organized by the Garden Club of the Principality of Monaco, chaired by Carolina di Monaco. She represented Italy at the world “Grand Prix” in Toronto where she received the first prize. Her works have been immortalized in monographic catalogs and in publications.

Sala dell’affresco – Complex of San Micheletto Free admission

Opening hours to the public: August 27th from 3 pm to midnight; August 28th to September 1st – from 3pm to 7pm; on 2 September from 10 to 19; on 3 and 4 September at 9.30am to 7pm

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