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Gucci creative di­rec­tor Alessan­dro Michele is, of course, a lover of all things vin­tage, and it was dur­ing his search for an­tiques in Florence more than a decade ago that he first dis­cov­ered Giardino Torrigiani, a gar­den oa­sis in the cen­tre of the Tus­can cap­i­tal. Giardino Torrigiani is ex­pan­sive—at 17 acres, it is said to be the largest pri­vately owned city gar­den in Europe. Nev­er­the­less, it re­mains “hid­den” in ev­ery sense of the term, ab­sent from most tourist lit­er­a­ture and sur­rounded by walls and iron gates, with vis­its by ap­point­ment only. It’s not hard to un­der­stand Michele’s at­trac­tion: What’s in­side is a breath­tak­ingly eclec­tic—and idio­syn­cratic—mix of veg­e­ta­tion and styles. A lush botan­i­cal gar­den since the 16th cen­tury, Giardino Torrigiani was re­de­vel­oped in the 1800s un­der the di­rec­tion of Mar­quis Pi­etro Torrigiani, who com­mis­sioned ar­chi­tect Luigi de Cam­bray Digny to reimag­ine the prop­erty in a more ro­man­tic, English mode. Giardino Torrigiani con­tin­ues to be owned and op­er­ated by two branches of the Torrigiani fam­ily, and is filled with oaks, cy­presses, and mag­no­lias, as well as an­cient cedars and rare Fa­gus Tri­color Beech trees. The for­mal gar­dens and nd nurs­eries are still botan­i­cally di­verse,se, with flow­er­ing plants, ev­er­greens, and trop­i­cal species from around the world.

Piet and Anja Ou­dolf’s pri­vate gar­den, Hum­melo in the Nether­lands

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