May is the month of roses and is the ideal period to visit one of the many flowered gardens and parks present in Italy. Among them the Rose garden of Santa Giustina, in Padua, is a small and hidden treasure, unknown also to the great part of the inhabitants of the city.
The Rose garden, which was firstly opened in 2008, is situated along the 16th century walls of the city, near the Basilica of Saint Giustina and Prato della Valle, and can be visited only from May to September, namely the flowering season of roses. [Photo credits: Alberto Botton]
The flower garden was conceived as a didactic path divided into thematic sections, in which visitors can experience several colours and perfumes: among the most interesting itineraries, there is the one dedicated to the history of roses, with the main stages of the evolution from ancient to modern roses. [Photo credits: Annalisa Andrigo]
Among the most ancient ones, there is the Rosa gallica, which was already known to the ancient Greeks and Romans for its perfume and healing properties. Rosa gallica blooms just once a year, it does not have any thorns and its bushes can reach 2 meters of height.
How do you take care of ancient roses? Despite the common belief, you can grow ancient roses easily since they do not need any particular treatment. Ancient roses are strong plants, resistant both to extremely cold and hot weather. They need abundant water, especially during summer, but not fertilisers. We suggest you to feed them once per year during springtime, with a specific product for roses.