Boboli Gardens, Florence

This is where it all began. The garden was begun in 1549 and now has been in existence for 500 years.

It was owned by the wealthy Medici family and became the example of formal gardens for Europe and the western world. Before this garden there were just farms owned by the rich and military baronial castles; no gardens.

The garden is 111 acres and on very steep land with many steps.

The Medici family had many sculptures made and this garden became a formal display case for them.

There are many fountains and formal pools in the garden. The water for these came from the nearby Arno River.

This is the Arno River which flows through Florence. The gardens still get their water from here but with the aid of electricity and pumps now.

The garden is mostly green – very few flowers.

The hedge plants are from top to bottom:

Grecian Laurel – Laurus nobilis

Laurustinus – Viburnum tinus

Holly Oak – Quercus ilex

English Boxwood – Buxus sempervirens

  • The Medici family had 500 pots of citrus trees of many different varieties so they could enjoy the fruit almost any time of year.

They stored the citrus in this glass fronted building in the winter so they would be protected from the frost.

Here are some workers working very hard on a very steep slope.

I did find a few flowers in the garden but they may have been modern additions:

A climbing rose

Ground Orchid (Pleione)

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria)


Peony (Paeonia)

Horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

Gelato – a reward for traveling 19,000 steps today.

Next: Torrigiani Garden

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