May in Milan is all about Orticola di Lombardia: the exhibition of flowers, unusual, rare and ancient plants and fruits, definitely the most chic event in town.

This year, from Friday 6 to Sunday, May 8, Orticola di Lombardia took place at the beautiful gardens named after Italian journalist “Indro Montanelli” (via Palestro).

Now at its twenty-first edition, Orticola saw a full calendar of unmissable events, including how to cultivate domestic greenery, demonstrations of botanical illustrations, advice for shady corners and workshops of floral decorations to name a few.

The opening soiree is obviously the most sought after and the most scenic of all.

The Milanese ladies and their fellow guests show off wonderful hat and floral creations, botanically inspired clothes, competing in eccentricity  with the equally unique creations of the Chelsea Flower Show in London at the end of May.

Protagonist of the last 2016 edition this year was “The contained garden” or how to grow flowers and plants in pots and in small spaces.

It has to be said that all the proceeds from the sale of entry tickets for Orticola di Lombardia (Association not for profit) go to finance works in favour of the Milanese public green in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan.

The Horticultural Association of Lombardy is one of the first modern Italian institutions to have promoted the knowledge of plants, garden art and the defense of the natural landscape.

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artwork  by Alison Grace Martin


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artwork by Marco Nones

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happy girls from Raptus & Rose

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from left: Cristina Fantin Gatti, Paola Foglia, Enrica Bia and Maddalena Pais


from left: Cristina Fantin Gatti from Nox Essentials and Paola Foglia from Bosetti

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