On Saturday March 15, the Rome Botanical Garden and the Sapienza Environmental Biology Department have organized an event to raise awareness and present new publications and technological tools on Rome’s public parks and villas.
The event will begin with the inauguration of the newly restored period greenhouses in the Botanical Garden and continue with the presentation of two publications: the reprint of “Rome and Its Botanical Garden” and a new updated “Guide to the Botanical Garden Museum.”
Following a workshop on the use of technology to promote the historical, architectural and naturalistic heritage of parks and gardens, the event will end with the presentation of two new tools.
The new WebGIS system, which will allow users to access information about the Botanical Garden on-line, has been developed to promote the exchange of information on biodiversity.
Then, a smartphone application will be presented that was developed for Project “Smart-Eco Phone” in collaboration with Sapienza and the University of Trieste. The app provides information (in English and Italian) on the historical, architectural and naturalistic treasures of the Rome Botanical Garden and 25 other historical villas in Rome.
The Sapienza Botanical Garden extends over 12 hectares on the slopes of the Gianicolo and overlooks the 17th-century Palazzo Corsini. The garden was first established on this site in 1883, although it was a continuation of the Papal Botanical Gardens that dated back to the Renaissance. Today, the garden houses more than 3000 plant species, including a Japanese garden, bamboo groves and over 300 species of medicinal plants.