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“Michele Tenore” Botanical Garden

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The “Michele Tenore” Botanical Garden was founded in 1995 at 650 meters of altitude and at the moment it houses about 500 plant species on a surface of 9,000 sq m.

In the year 2000 it was officially recognized as Garden of Regional Interest by the Regional Authority of Abruzzo in accordance with the regional law 35/1997. The symbol of the garden is the Majella cornflower (Centaurea tenoreana), an endemic plant of Majella, whose name is dedicated to the botanist Michele Tenore, the first to identify this species there.

The Garden is structured in didactic sections and other areas that reproduce Majella's vegetational environments. A lot of the cultivated species are endemic of the Central Apennines or live exclusively on Majella and on the surrounding elevations.  The reproduction of the agricultural landscape of the Neolithic  and the section about the recovery of local varieties are particularly interesting.

The Garden has cultural and educational purposes, as well as the objective of protecting ex-situ some endangered species of the Abruzzo flora, which are included in the Red List of Italy or in the Red List of the Abruzzo Plants. In fact the Majella Germplasm Bank is located at the Botanical Garden and aims to preserve rare, endemic and endangered species. Every year the collection of seeds is carried out to allow exchange operations with other botanical gardens in Italy or abroad. At the garden it's also possible to buy plants which are reproduced within the nursery.

On request it's possible to plan:

  • meetings and projections about specific themes as nature, history, art and culture of Majella National Park and its surroundings;
  • thematic didactic courses;
  • seminars and theoretical-practical courses about different subjects (ancient and local traditions, gardening, methods for curing plants etc...).


At the garden it's possible to realize internships, apprenticeships and college theses or to consult books about naturalistic-floristic subjects in the library.

Orario di apertura:

gennaio e febbraio: closed

dal 1 marzo al 31 maggio: sabato, domenica e festivi dalle ore 10.00 alle ore 13.00 e dalle ore 16.00 alle ore 19.00

dal 1 giugno al 30 settembre: tutti i giorni dalle ore 09.00 alle ore 13.00 e dalle ore 16.00 alle ore 20.00

dal 1 ottobre al 31 dicembre: sabato, domenica e festivi dalle ore 10.00 alle ore 13.00, e dalle ore 16.00 alle ore 19.00

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Gestione: Coop. Majella

“Michele Tenore” Botanical Garden and Visitors Centre
Colle Madonna locality - 66010 Lama dei Peligni (CH)


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