Dahlia’s, Water Lilies and a Lotus Flower at Villa Taranto.

Villa Taranto (2)

Today we visited the Botanical Gardens at Villa Taranto on the western shore of Lake Maggiore. They are open from March to September and are a riot of colour throughout the season.

Neil McEacharn

The gardens are the creation of Captain Neil McEacharn who bought the property in 1930 and transformed it into these Botanic Gardens with plants collected from all over the world.

There are routes through the gardens with beautiful views and various statues and water fountains.

23 Putti Fountain

The Putti Fountain near the entrance is named after the sculptures decorating the fountain.

The Gardens are open from March to September and are a riot of colour throughout the season.

We were there in July and one of the main features is the Dahlia Maze. Dozens of specimens are laid out alongside the pathway.

The Dahlia Maze

Moving through the terraced gardens we come to the Water Lily pond. A chance to take more photos.

Water Lilies

Our next stop was by the Lotus Pond where we could admire the Lotus Flower.

Lotus flower

Continuing along the waymarked path we came to the head of the Terraced Gardens and the statue of “The Fisherman” With the snow clad mountains in the background it was a beautiful scene.

The Fisherman

The actual Villa is not open to the public but who needs it when it is the gardens that are the showpiece.

Villa Taranto

It took us about two hours to walk round the gardens and after a coffee it was time to catch the ferry back to Stressa.

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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1 Response to Dahlia’s, Water Lilies and a Lotus Flower at Villa Taranto.

  1. dolewis says:

    Thanks Alan. On the strength of what you have shown us in your three holiday blogs, I will definitely add Lake Maggiore on our future holiday list.

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