Botanic garden

The botanical garden opens sunday, April 7, 2019


Brissago Islands’ latitude and longitude is 46°08’ N and 08°44’ W. The Big Island (San Pancrazio) extends over an area of 25’568 m², whereas the Little Island (Sant’Apollinare) over 8’186 m². From the average lake water level of 193.50 m ASL, the bigger Island rises 6.50 meters and the little island 6.90 meters.


The Brissago Islands are located in the northern part of the Periadriatic Seam, in the Kinzigite Zone, named after the kinzigite gneiss that forms the bedrock of the area. Along the shore of the little island, it is possible to see some rocks that emerge. In all other places of the islands, the rock is covered by a thin layer of moraine. The Brissago Islands are the two peaks of a hill that was engraved by the erosion of the ancient ridgeline of the Ticino’s valley and the Maggia river.


The Brissago Islands, surrounded by the waters of Lake Verbano, enjoy a temperate climate. They are protected by the Alpine chain and, because of the accumulation of heat in summer, they remain warm in winter. Indeed, there are only few days of frost. This is definitely a subtropical climate.


In the garden, around 1'700 plant species are cultivated. They originate in regions of Mediterranean climate (the Mediterranean Basin, Chile, South Africa, Southwest Australia and California) and of humid subtropical climate (in particular from Asia, but also from North and South America and Oceania).

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