Visits - Eisenhut Nursery and the Parco Botanico del Gambarogno

Otto Eisenhut has created in Vairano (Switzerland, in the Tessin, city of San Nazzaro) a botanical garden next to his nursery. From Locarno, it can be accessed by boat (or train) and bus. Time schedules are available at the Tourist Office.

On an area of about 17,000 sqm, a thousand camellias, 450 magnolias and azaleas and other various plants can be found. Since January 2000, the park is managed by a foundation to preserve and maintain it.

The park is particularly remarkable for its topography and its rich collection. The optimum period for a visit is the beginning of April. Admission is 5 CHF. It is a pleasant walk that lasts at least an hour. It is a beautiful place, very different from those I have seen so far, one of my favorite.

I made a second visit in mid-April 2013, a little later in the season. I was able to more fully enjoy the magnificent collection of camellias and magnolias and other azaleas. So, I'm updating this page.




We can see above the Eisenhut nursery greenhouses. Lets walk down to the park,on small paths crisscross the valley

'Ascona'



'Wirlinga Belle'

'Wirlinga Belle'

The collection of Magnolias is beautiful, here are some photos for fans.
Magnolia Lotus

Magnolia Heptepeta (Denu) x Sprengeri Diva

Edgeworthia payrifera (chrysantha)




In the back, the Lago Maggiore

'Shiro Chan'

'Shiro Chan'



'Cardinal's Cap'

'Cardinal's Cap'

'Shibori-egao'

'Shibori-egao'

Don't hesitate to group your visit with the Camellia Festival and the Parco delle Camelie at Locarno and the Isole di Brissago for the Swiss part of Lago Maggiore. There are also camellias in the italian side (nearby).

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