Public garden

The public garden of via G. de Castillia 28 is the first portion of the park Biblioteca degli Alberi, designed by Inside Outside| Petra Blaisse studio in Amsterdam.

The project of this garden hosts three differt typology of trees (Frassinus Excelsior, Populus Nigra Italica, Carpinus Betulus), vegetable gardens, two bowls fields, a fountain with water games and an innovative play-park that is also accessible to disabled children.

Fondazione Riccardo Catella offers to citizens, families and kids the unique opportunity to learn about urban horticulture through “Coltiviamo Insieme!”, a program of educational workshops held in the 260 m2 vegetable garden installed in the garden.

The public garden opened to the public on the 29th of March 2017 with an official opening party on the 1st of April 2017 promoted by Comune di Milano and Porta Nuova, in collaboration with Fondazione Riccardo Catella.

The garden is open to the public:

From 08:00 am to 10:00 pm April to September
From 09:00 am to 08:00 pm October to March

The public park Biblioteca degli Alberi will be Porta Nuova’s “green lung”, a new public space divided up into three main areas: the largest, between Melchiorre Gioia, Via Pirelli and Via de Castillia; the second covering the underground car park in Piazza Luigi Einaudi; and the third along the straight band running along Viale della Liberazione and through to Piazza San Gioachimo and its churchyard.
Paths and connections form the real basis for the park project, the first in Milan to be designed according to a contemporary concept. There are three key elements: the linear paths that bring the external and internal areas together; the irregular fields, which draw out gardens, lawns, flowerbeds and small yards; and the circular forests, groups of trees creating real “green rooms” in which to relax.
The park will feature approximately 450 trees of 19 different species, 34,800 m2 of lawns and nearly 90,000 plants, including hedges, shrubs, climbing plants, and aquatic and ornamental plants in the gardens designed by Petra Blaisse and Piet Oudolf.

Mid-April will see a start to work on the second lot of the park (adding approximately 77,000 m2). The park will be completed by 2018.

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