The Italian Garden Project is thrilled to be documenting the amazing garden of Bruno Garofalo of Pittsburgh Pa. Bruno’s garden will be archived in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens. We will visit the garden monthly for up to a year, photographing, videotaping, sketching the layout and plantings, and learning as much as we can from this knowledgeable, kind, and generous gardener. Several photos of the initial visit are shown here.
Bruno was born in Petrella Tifernina, province of Campobasso, Molise, Italy. He immigrated to the US in 1962.
His garden covers the backyards of two adjoining properties. He digs all of the beds by hand each spring.
This is a view of half of the garden looking down from the from the balcony of his home.
Bruno created two large level terraced gardens from the steeply sloped backyard of one of the properties.
Bruno starts all of his plants from seed that he has saved from season to season. He starts many of his tomato seedlings in this cold frame that he built.
He grows more tomato plants and other vegetable seedlings in containers on his balcony and near the garden.
Bruno’s prize fig trees have been badly damaged by the past two extremely cold winters. He brought the trees as small rooted shoots from Italy when he came to the US in 1962. They had grown into large and productive trees over the past four decades. He wrapped them every winter to protect from the cold, but even with his extensive winter protection they did not survive intact during the past two winters. The photo shows small shoots growing from the roots. Let’s hope these thrive and grow into the beautiful and historic trees they once were.
Click below to learn more about Bruno:
Meet Bruno and his family
A visit to Bruno’s garden in 2012
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