Help Us Grow!

Help Us Grow! Welcome to The Italian Garden Project website!  Please enjoy our existing content as we develop our new website. The new site will include our Gardener Hall of Fame, a first ever nation-wide database of Italian American gardeners.  It will be a way for everyone to honor and recognize a gardener from their… Read more »

Fall Fig Ritual: Protecting Your Tree for the Winter

It’s almost that time again, so we’re re-posting this timely information: Time to Tug in Your Fig Tree  November 19, 2013 If you live in the northeast where we’ve had several very cold days and nights, don’t panic if you haven’t yet buried or covered your fig tree. It generally takes sustained freezing temperatures and icy winds to do… Read more »

Alessandro says: Time to Uncover that FigTree

We just received this email (April 10) from Alessandro Ferzoco of Boston: I uncovered my trees yesterday here in Boston. When the crocuses come up, the forsythia buds turn yellow, and you see robins, it’s time to uncover the trees here. I noticed some mold starting to grow, due to the higher temperatures and the rain we’ve… Read more »

Italian Gardeners: The Next Generation

  We at The Italian Garden Project™ are always pleased when we find that the Italian gardening traditions are being carried on by a new generation of gardeners. Several years ago when 18 year old Alessandro Ferzoco emailed to tell us about his passion for gardening, and offered to introduce us to some of his… Read more »

Preserving our Italian Heirlooms

  In an Italian American garden nothing is more precious than fruits and vegetables from the Old Country with a taste of home.  Seeds and cuttings from these prized plants were brought from Italy, carefully propagated in backyard gardens, and traded as valuable commodities among Italian immigrant communities.  Years of cultivating these Mediterranean varieties here… Read more »

An Afternoon in Italy in California

Sometimes when we spend time with gardeners, we feel transported across the world to Italy.  Such was the case when we spent the afternoon with Domenico and Rosa Bellocci and their family in Orangevale, California, just outside of Sacramento.  From the moment Rosa opened the front door of her house, we were greeted not only… Read more »

The Garden of Domenico and Rosa Bellocci

Orangevale, California Born in Mola di Bari, Province of Bari, Puglia, Italy. Domenico immigrated to the United States in 1969, and Rosa immigrated in 1985. Click on the photo to enlarge and read the caption.   Prickly Pear Picker The Bellocci’s teach us how to use the prickly pear picker that they got in Italy…. Read more »

Italian Gardeners Bloom Wherever They are Planted

  Italian gardeners never shy away from hard work, add to that their keen knowledge of growing and you’ve got a powerful combination. Their wisdom and tireless spirit were the keys to success in their adopted country, and nowhere is that more evident than in the case of Cesare Restani, one of the most successful nurserymen… Read more »

On the Road: New York

Each summer The Italian Garden Project™ heads to New York City and the surrounding area to seek out and document Italian American vegetable gardens.  We have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful New York gardeners who welcome us into their homes and gardens, generously sharing their knowledge and love of growing and preparing food. … Read more »

Tomatoes at the Diamond

The final game of the 112th World Series is tonight, so we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on how Italian gardeners have left their mark on baseball. Italian gardeners don’t let a good patch of dirt go to waste, so it’s no surprise they have a history of growing even at the diamond…… Read more »

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