Eden Garden

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In 1880, the English gentleman Fredric Eden bought what was left of the ancient Corner garden, on the Giudecca island. Right there, he decided to create a particularly beautiful place: the Eden garden.
That area was thus transformed into a modern “earthly paradise” where, even today, pines, cypresses (Cupressus sempervirens), oleanders (Nerium oleander), lemon trees (Citrus × limon), magnolias, pomegranate trees (Punica granatum), bergamots (Citrus × bergamia), several varieties of vines, tropical plants, and verbena, but above all many types of roses, can still be seen.

In addition to a large amount of plants, the garden also hosts a well, paved paths, and a basin in red Verona marble.
The beautiful “Giudecchino” garden was very popular among the Venetian aristocracy and the most important scholars between the XIX and the XX century.
After Eden’s death in 1916, the property was acquired by Princess Aspasia of Greece who, in 1927, enriched the garden with Mediterranean botanical species.
In 1979, the area was bought by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, an Austrian architect and an artist, who believed that “you shouldn’t a garden, rather let nature do it”.
Since 2000, the year of the owner’s death, his Foundation has strictly forbidden public access to the garden in order to preserve the uncontaminated nature inside it.

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