During the latter half of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth century, “acclimatization gardens” became popular in Tuscany; these were green areas dedicated to the conservation of various species of herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees of particular interest, mostly of exotic origin.
An acclimatization garden is difficult to create and maintain and calls for considerable economic effort; continuous passion is necessary to find the most suitable cultural solutions for the various species of plants which often come from widely differing countries, especially from an ecological point of view.
So it is easy to understand why newly created acclimatization gardens are so very rare.
The “Cala dei Peducelli” Residence garden, set up in 1985, has been classified as an acclimatization garden and in view of the number of specimens on show (around 400 palm trees, agaves, succulents, cycads and Mediterranean scrubland plants), the care taken over their cultivation and lay-out, it undoubtedly follows in the footsteps of Elba’s great tradition of acclimatization gardens.
It is located on a piece of land on Punta Morcone in the municipality of Capoliveri.