Among the olive groves of Gardone Riviera, on the Brescia side of Lake Garda, there is a botanical garden where art meets nature: it is the park of the Andrè Heller Foundation.
Born from the dream of the multimedia artist and of Viennese origin Andrè Heller, this garden is a “sample of regions of the world” as it contains plants from every continent that have found a new home in Gardone Riviera thanks to the mild climate of the lake.
Located near the Vittoriale degli Italiani, this beautiful park, open every day from March to October from 9 to 19 and accessible by paying the entrance ticket, offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in a unique environment in its kind in which the beauty of rare plants and flowers is enhanced by numerous works of art, including sculptures by artists such as Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Erwin Novak, Susanne Schmoegner, Rudolgh Hirt, who accompany the visitor on an unusual journey.
The different groups of plants and flowers are linked together by a network of small streets, canals, and ponds. At the center of the park, an alpine valley has been recreated with pines, northern trees, cliffs, gorges, crevasses, where the water of three waterfalls flows and falls while in the background the pinnacles of the Dolimiti redden; small rocky landscape about 13 meters high.
All around were ponds covered with water lilies and lotus flowers, inhabited by gigantic Koi carps, and on which colorful butterflies and dragonflies fly. Angles of peace that invite meditation. In fact, water is a fundamental element of this park that I recommend to visit early in the morning before the tourist crowds. Only in this way with the first rays of the sun and the quiet of nature will you be able to appreciate its charm.