Gardens of Paradise

Each captivating hotel in the Workham Hotels collection represents the essence of the destination offering the culture, history, food and beauty of the surrounding area.  Two of our hotels enjoy the benefit of the most beautiful gardens.

La Mortella Gardens, Ischia

La Mortella is a spectacular subtropical and Mediterranean garden on the beautiful island of Ischia.  Located in the village of Forio, just a few minutes from Botania Relais and Spa, the gardens were designed by landscape architect Russell page under the watchful eye of Lady Susana Walton, devoted Argentinian wife of the British composer Sir William Walton.  La Mortella Gardens are some of the most beautiful private gardens in Italy.

When designing the gardens, Russell Page incorporated the dramatic volcanic rocks of the island. La Mortella is divided into two parts: the lower garden, The Valley and the upper garden, The Hill which is terraced with retaining walls.  The gardens spread across 2 hectares and include an impressive collection of exotic and rare plants, a collection which is expanded each year and earns the status of botanical gardens.

In tribute to her late husband, the gardens Lady Susana Walton designed play host to several musical events throughout the year.  There are three distinct concert seasons: in spring and autumn chamber recitals are held on Saturdays and Sundays in the indoor recital hall in the heart of the gardens.  During the summer, the symphonic concerts are held every Thursday in the open air Greek Theatre.  These concerts are always performed by young musicians in line with Sir William Walton’s express wish that La Mortella should help and support young and talented musicians.

The gardens are open to the public from the end of March to the beginning of November.  Visits as well as concert tickets can be arranged to enjoy during a stay at Botania Relais and Spa.

Radicepura Horticultural Park, Sicily

The Radicepura Horticultural Park was commissioned by the Faro family, owners of the beautiful Donna Carmela Resort and Lodges in 2017.  The park covers an area of 5 hectares and lies in the shadow of Mount Etna where the rich and fertile volcanic soil has nurtured the growth of over 5,000 varieties and 3,000 species of plants.

Biodiversity is key at Radicepura where international floriculture excels.  The park is a living archive of Mediterranean plants and a world reference centre for germplasm collection.  The Faro family donated the results of over 50 years of research to Radicepura establishing a collection of over 3000 mother plants that each provide a healthy source of seeds and cuttings to further develop the park’s collection of plants.  It goes without saying that Radicepura Horticultural Park, as well as the hotel, are leaders in sustainability.

As well as offering a peaceful space to explore when staying in Sicily, Radicepura Horticultural Park is a superb venue for meetings and special events.  Both indoor and outdoor spaces are available for event hire.

Radicepura Gardens are open Monday to Saturday and visits can be arranged whilst staying at Donna Carmela Resort and Lodges.  Events can also be arranged through the hotel.

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