The rooms in flower: The garden of rebirth is how the woman behind all this beauty, Rossella Pezzino de Geronimo, describes it; a mirror of the artist’s soul and growth, a symbolic place that takes the visitor on an “inner voyage” among a thousand species of rare tropical and sub-tropical plants, contemporary sculptures, and ornamental representation of the four elements: air, water, earth and fire”.
The seven-hectare garden surrounds a neoclassical country villa built in the nineteenth century.
Work on this paradise on earth began in the year 2000, with the idea of creating a romantic, welcoming garden that appears to be naturally divided into a series of connected “rooms”: a sensory progression that is revealed to the visitor a bit at a time, all revolving around the intense colours and fragrances of climbing plants and flowering shrubs, underlined by the constant rhythm of water flowing through streams and ponds packed with colourful water-lilies.
The garden, in which an old lava drinking trough has been converted into a splashing fountain with three cascading jets of water, and the tumble-down little canals of Arabian inspiration that flow placidly throughout the grounds, speak of the secrets and evocative beauty of Rossella’s extensive travels in the Orient.
This fascinating place where the visitor is faced with a new surprise at every turn combines gardens divided by theme area and geography, such as a dense Burmese garden, a simple Zen garden and a highly symbolic Chinese garden containing eight connected lakes, set among lava stones of timeless, harmonious beauty.
The rooms in flower
Rossella Pezzino de Geronimo created the Garden of Beyond in 2016.
The highly symbolic garden laden with imagery begins with a purifying watercourse. The passageway is rather difficult to cross, as the visitor has to jump onto disjointed little lava islands, and is positioned at the centre of a black and white cloud symbolising yin and yang, or the complementarity of light and darkness.
At the end lies a large circular sculpture depicting the ouroboros: a snake biting its own tail, symbolising death and re-birth.
Beyond the snake, and therefore beyond death, lies the Garden of Eden, brimming with colours and exotic fruit, at the centre of which stands a bronze egg, symbolising the start of a new life.
The soft green ocean before us is stirred by the wind, and the alyssum plants scattered on the crest of the waves evoke the white foamy sea.
Beyond the sea is a new world, populated by two bronze moons that guide the visitor towards an intricate, dense and impassable primeval forest: earth, the first of the four elements.
In 2017, Rossella completed the second element: fire. Here the visitor is surrounded by rare exotic plants with leaves, flowers and fruit the colour of flames.
The third element, water, was completed in 2018. An enchanting waterway winds through the garden, dotted with lotus blossoms and tropical water lilies, interrupted here and there by merry waterfalls flowing out of impressive lava formations, surrounded by some of the first plants to appear on earth: ferns, horsetail and graminaceous plants in a great variety of sizes and species.
The last element, air, was designed and created in 2019 on terraced slopes, surrounded by ancient olive, oak, pistachio and almond trees growing amidst spectacular formations of volcanic rock of a great variety of different shapes and sizes.
A place now studded with multi-coloured roses planted in rows on different levels, as if to evoke the thousand hues and stripes of the sky at dawn and sunset.
This dream landscape is interrupted by spectacular white hydrangeas and iceberg roses, with dark-leafed plants set between boulders of lava.
Paths snake across this visionary landscape, between fantastic white and black clouds, patches of blue sky and plants in warm colours evoking the sun: a creative dream that makes its mark.
In 2011 the ‘Le Stanze in Fiore’ garden was awarded third place in the ‘Grandi Giardini Italiani 2011’ rankings for its “outstanding standard of maintenance, good governance and care of its public gardens”.
A sensory experience, a unique, highly evocative tour, a truly immersive visit ending with delicious finger food in the “Stanze in fiore” gardens.
A paradise on earth that restore balance to the soul and peace to the senses.
A trail of scents and emotions, you can relax by watching and savoring the flavors of home cooking. A breakfast in the garden, with yummy and delicious menu. Creativity, tradition and experimentation carried out for plants
The rooms in flower is also space events. The garden becomes an exclusive location, a stunning setting for events beyond compare.
Via Pietra dell’Ova, 181
95125 Catania (Sicily – Italy)
Telefono: +39 3489794746