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Alpine Botanical Garden Paradisia

Practice on:

Knowledge and protection of alpine flora.

Practical details:
NUTS 2: ITC2 Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste
Start date: 07.1995
Type of initiative:  private
Description of the practice:

Public funds privately managed, network of sites.

Natural environment.

Since 2004 Paradisia Alpine Garden, created in July 1955, is located 1,700 meters above sea-level in Valnontey, Cogne;  its name derives from Paradisia liliastrum, a mountain lily with delicate white flowers.
The garden contains about 1,000 different species of plants and flowers from the Alps and the Apennines, as well as some examples of vegetation from other mountain ranges around the world (Europe, Asia, America).
Visitors have the opportunity to come into close contact with nature by observing and analysing the plants which can be found during an excursion in the Gran Paradiso mountains. They can learn their names, compare them with other similar species, learn how to recognise them and, most important of all, learn to respect the alpine flora and to protect it. Various itineraries and theme routes allow the visitor to explore Paradisia Botanical Garden in detail and to discover the characteristic and distinguishing features of different species.  Moreover, several mountain environments such as moist areas, moraines and calcareous debris have been reproduced. An assortment of printed material (maps, picture cards) helps visitors to find out more about the environment  and the flora of Paradisia.
Fondation Grand Paradis deals with the promotion and tourist fruition of the alpine garden .The visit to the garden is included in the through ticket proposed by the foundation; this ticket allows visitors to enter and visit the 10 sites run by the foundation ( Gran Paradiso National Park visitor centres of Cogne, Rhêmes-Notre-Dame and Valsavarenche, Paradisia Alpine Botanical Garden of Valnontey (Cogne), Maison Gérard-Dayné of Cogne,  Alpinart Exhibition Centre of Cogne, Maison Bruil of Introd,  Introd Castle,  Maison Musée Jean-Paul II  of  Les Combes (Introd)  and Châtel-Argent of  Villeneuve) for 8 euros and has one year validity. By the management of its network of sites (with public funds) the Foundation increases the turnover and enhances the activities of the satellite industries in the municipalities within the Gran Paradiso National Park jurisdiction.

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

About 1,000 species of plants and flowers from the Alps and the Apennines, as well as some examples of vegetation from other mountain ranges around the world (Europe, Asia, America).

Visual impact and recreational value:

Various itineraries and theme routes;moist areas, moraines and calcareous debris have been reproduced.

Economic viability:

The economy of this site has to be considered not from the business budget point of view, but from the satellite industries it generates.

The idea of the alpine garden and the activities carried out (workshops) are transferable in other European regions.

Contact details:
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Completed on: 30.08.2011
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