The Vivione Alpine Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden is named after the homonymous Alpine pass and was created in 2001 by the Allione Valley Forest and Mining Conservation Group. It is located on the western outskirts of the town of Paisco, near the group’s headquarters.
Thanks to EU funds, made available by the Camonica Valley Local Action Group, as well as contributions made by the provincial Departments of Environment and Agriculture, the Garden occupies an area of 930 square metres and is home to more than 400 species typical of the Eastern Alps, divided into 16 theme areas corresponding to the same number of habitats. In the space of a few metres one can already notice a variety of meadows and pastures, rocks and forests, passing through peat bogs and mountain lakes, before finally reaching rubbles and river valleys. Orchids, lilies, anemones, aquatic plants and bushes fill the numerous paved paths and stone frames.
Guided tours and educational workshops are combined with numerous outdoor activities, which help bring to life the small Alpine village with its 200 inhabitants. The guest house hosts on average 600 visitors a year, mostly children attending primary and secondary schools and kindergarten. Several organized groups also choose to visit the Garden and its facilities.
There are also a xylotheque (a wood collection), and a classroom full of curious objects linked to the world of insects and minerals.