The tour routes of the Botanical Garden
1. Basic tour of the garden
The visit describes the history of the garden, the flowerbeds of the main families of plants of particular interest (food, ornamental, medicinal, systematic ...) and the thematic collections (alpine garden, South African greenhouse, succulent greenhouse, the trees of the avenue, the aquatic plants of the tanks, the medicinal and aromatic herbs). For schools, the courses will be differentiated according to the level of education.
2. Visit to the Arboretum
The main tree and shrub species present will be described, with particular attention to the species of the lowland wood and to the fruit cultivars linked to the pomological collection of Garnier Valletti. In the Grove it will also be possible to observe the apiary and, upon request, to deepen the theme of the bee society.
3. Visit of the Botanical Itinerary "100 plants useful to man"
From May 2015 it is possible to take the one-hour journey on the "100 plants useful to man" in which some food, textile, dyeing, medicinal and perfume plants will be described and observed. The path winds through the flowerbeds of the Garden. Food plants, textile, dyeing, aromatic and officinal plants that in the past, but still today constitute an important heritage for man and his survival will be treated.
4. Path to the Kindergarten "A fairy tale in the Grove"
For the little ones it is possible to take a tour of the Arboretum with a path created "ad hoc" inserted within a fable in which the different characters will be represented by the plants that will meet along the way. For each species, the main features, favored by direct observation, will be highlighted.
5. "Aromatic plants" path
It is a path that winds through the flower beds of the garden dedicated to aromatic and medicinal plants with the description of the main cultivated species and the uses that are still made today. The visit is particularly suitable for lower secondary schools and for hospitality and catering schools.
6. "Honey in the city" route
Close to the Groove hives, issues related to the society of bees, existing projects for the production of city honey, the function of these insects in the pollination of plants, bee products and their main adversities will be addressed. The visit is recommended starting from the second cycle of primary school.
7. "Evolution of plants" path
This is a recommended path for secondary school that will highlight the evolutionary steps that have characterized the flora on Earth. The visit will be carried out in the Garden where, in addition to direct observation of the characters of the main groups of plants (Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, Angiosperms), the evolutionary convergence of different plant species (e.g. succulent plants) to the same environmental stress will be highlighted.