The Botanical Garden "Lama degli Ulivi"
The Botanical Garden "Lama degli Ulivi" is located within the Capitanio Stefano Nursery, in Monopoli, in South Italy. It was created by the will of the eponymous founder of the company in over 20 years and rises over an area of about three hectares. It is a unique nature path, extending in an old “lama”, a term that in Puglia is to connote a typical erosion groove in the area between the sea and the hills, full of caves and with the presence of dry stone walls, paths and steps carved into the stone and, above all, rocky dwellings.
In this scenario, which is divided along a path characterized by different exposures and microclimates, were planted around 2000 different plant species; some are indigenous, such as those typical of the Mediterranean or the olive trees, but there are plants from Australia, South Africa and South America, who are perfectly acclimatized to the Apulian Murgia landscape through the fine climatic similarities. Inside the botanical garden, the watchword is "harmony": forms that unite or are compensated; scents and colors that alternate in the seasons and are enhanced in the approach of the shades of yellow, pink, purple, orange, cobalt.
With its particular microclimates, changing from dry land with succulents belonging to the Cactaceae family, to purple carpet of bright flowers of the Aizoaceae (South Africa), the Australian species or the branches of Bougainvillea, which grows lush in all its colors from pink to red.
There are two rocky churches in the Botanical Park. The first one is the rocky Church of “Iacovella”, half excavated and half built. It is very ancient and it was originally used for Greek liturgical services. Its frescos are prevalently repainted, probably between the 16th and 17th century when the church was being reconstructed. The second one is the rock Church of “Saint Cecilia” which is one of the most colourful churches that the territory of Monopoli still preserves. Stepping inside, you feel like travelling through time, with the silent emotion of being in the presence of God.
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