Milan plans Green City weekend

2 -4 Oct. Milan’s first Green City weekend dedicated to the environment takes off at 18.00 on Friday 4 October with a “village fiesta” in the Guastalla Gardens with music and dancing, and the launch of special balloons to carry seeds of flowers and plants to random places around the city.

Highlight of the weekend is the inauguration of a new Botanical Museum in Via Rodolfo Margaria at 12.00 on Saturday. Once a nursery, the 24,000 sqm structure includes a water course with observation points, an orchard with 27 different fruit trees, a labyrinth of wheat and maize, and some 7,500 breeds of plants telling the history of Italian agriculture.

The three-day programme is planned to help residents discover Milan’s gardens and vegetable allotments – some of them little known – and exchange ideas and expertise with the over 120 clubs, associations, cooperatives and volunteer groups active on the green front.

Events include guided walks and bike rides, workshops, kids’ activities and talks in every corner of the city. From the vertical fields at Expo Gate to a floating garden on a barge on the Naviglio Grande, from the Orto Botanico of the university to the rice fields on the roof of Superstudio in Via Tortona, from the healing gardens of the San Carlo Borromeo hospital to electrical bikes and cars, from yoga in the park to bee-keeping – the programme celebrates every aspect of care of the environment.

Experts will be on hand to offer advice and answer queries.

The full programme on the dedicated website is conveniently arranged by type of event and by city zone, with maps and times.