The Secret garden
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In this Italian property it is the garden that plays a key role. Plentiful interesting and rare species of plants that are a reminder of the garden’s former glory, which we wish to restore, constitute yet another valuable asset of this place.

Villa Ruhland’s garden
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The most important botanical treasure is a giant, over 180-year-old specimen of camphor tree. Samples of flowers and leaves collected from the plant prove that the tree is of the rare Cinnamomum glanduliferum species (Wall.). The more common one is Cinnamomum camphora.

Cinnamomum glanduliferum (Wall)
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The camphor tree was brought to Europe in 1727 from China and Japan, where it is considered sacred and regarded as the symbol of immortality (it is usually planted in the Land of the Rising Sun to honour the memory of renowned people).
The camphor tree properties: Camphor is used for therapeutic purposes, including the treatment of heart and respiratory system diseases. Moreover, owing to vasodilatory properties, camphor is an ingredient of warming and pain-relieving products. It is also used in therapies against neuralgia, rheumatism and inflammation of joints and muscles.
The tree is in its aging phase and therefore, as all other living organisms, has its problems and flaws. Fortunately, these are not as serious as to threaten its stability and long life. The exact size of an internal damage can be measured by means of a special tomographic study, which screens the inside of the trunk and makes it possible to locate the damage and provide information about its extent.

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On the shores of the lake, there is a historic gazebo lovingly embraced by a 100-year-old Lady Banks’ rose. It is one of the oldest scrambling rose brought to Europe from China. It grows strong and produces pretty flowers that have an intensive smell of violet. It does not have thorns and blooms only once a year in May, but in a spectacular manner. For the sake of these unique plants, we entered into cooperation with Italy’s best specialist in unique nature monuments – Dott. agr. Daniele Zanzi.

Dott. agr. Daniele Zanzi
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Villa Ruhland and the garden form a perfect symbiosis with the history of the region and Gardone Riviera, also referred to as the garden city.