Pictures of the Week

New South Wales Waratah

Telopea speciosissima, commonly known as the New South Wales Waratah or simply Waratah, is a large shrub in the plant family Proteaceae. It is endemic to New South Wales in Australia and is the floral emblem of that state.

Now blooming at the Brissago Islands, the Botanic garden of Canton Ticino!

Locarno Camellia

Camellias are spring’s ambassadors. Locarno welcomes the new season with a celebration dedicated to these beautiful flowers. “Locarno Camellia” is considered one of the most important events in its genre, second only to the Japanese exhibitions of camellias.

Combined Ticket valid from 2 to 6 April 2014
Locarno Camelie – Brissago Islands
Special offer CHF 32.00 per person (instead of CHF 54.60):
Entry to the 17th International Camellia Exhibition
Day ticket for the boat services NLM
Entry Brissago Islands


Mediterranean flowers

“The Mediterranean climate is characterized by the coincidence of warm and dry conditions in summer as well as by moderately low temperatures in winter. The low temperatures and the low light levels limit plant activity in winter while drought imposes limits in summer. The summer drought splits the warm season favorable to plant activity into two parts, spring and autumn.” (Estiarte et al., Int J Biometeorol (2011) 55:855–865)

At this time in our garden the mediterranean plants hit their blooming peak: to see areCanary Islands’ Giant Burgloss (Echium), Rock Roses, Lavender, Spurges and Brooms and many others.

Spring and Camellia

Visit our collection of camellias, blooming at this time.

Isole di Brissago: the mildest place of Switzerland!

Sorry, this entry is only available in Français, Deutsch and Italiano.

Cucurbitaceae – Cucurbit family

Cucurbitaceae is a medium plant family (120 genera, 775 species), also known as gourd family, which includes crops like cucumbers, squashes, pumpkins, luffas, melons and watermelons. The family is predominantly distributed around the tropics, where those with edible fruits were amongst the earliest cultivated plants in both the Old and New Worlds.

Our garden display the Cucurbit family in a variety of forms.


Melaleuca alternifolia, commonly known as Narrow-leaved Paperbark, Narrow-leaved Tea-tree, Narrow-leaved Ti-tree, or Snow-in-summer, is a species of tree or tall shrub in the plant family Myrtaceae. Native toAustralia, it occurs on the north coast and adjacent ranges of New South Wales. It grows along streams and on swampy flats, and is often the dominant species where it occurs.

It is the primary species for commercial production of Tea tree oil (melaleuca oil), a topical antibacterial and antifungal used in a range of herbal medicine products including antiseptics, deodorants, shampoos, soaps and lotions. Tea tree oil is toxic if ingested in large amounts.

Other Melaleuca species in the garden:

Melaleuca armillaris

Melaleuca cuticularis

Melaleuca fulgens

Melaleuca gibbosa

Melaleuca hypericifolia

Melaleuca incana

Melaleuca preissiana

Melaleuca squamea

Melaleuca squarrosa

Melaleuca styphelioides

Melaleuca tymifolia

It’s Cistus time!

Cistus (Rockrose) is a genus of flowering plants in the rockrose family Cistaceae. They are shrubs found on dry or rocky soils throughout the Mediterranean region, and also on theCanary Islands. They have showy 5-petaled flowers ranging from white to purple and dark pink.


It’s Rhododendron time!

Rhododendron is a genus of over 800 species of woody plants in the heath family (Ericaceae), most with showy flowers. It includes the plants known to gardeners as azaleas. The genus is characterized by shrubs and small to (rarely) large trees. They may be either evergreen or deciduous.
Species of the genus Rhododendron occur throughout most areas of the Northern Hemisphere and into the Southern Hemisphere in southeastern Asia and northernAustralasia. No species are native to South America and Africa.

Page 1 of 212