“Dear Princess Borghese,
It is so very kind of you to give me the beautiful Parkinsonia aculeata and I am thrilled to have this glorious tree. It is now under glass, and I am just hoping that it will be happy in the garden, when Summer comes. I remember with such pleasure my visit to your lovely and interesting garden. With renewed thanks to you both, I am ever yours sincerely.”
Elisabeth R., January 1992
[...] It was a great privilege, and a high light of your visit to Sicily, to see your beautiful house and garden. The garden was of great interest to us, and we thought your mixing of different shapes was especially artistic and a joy to see. I enjoyed seeing my fellow country man, the black boy, propped on his elbow. [...]
[...] We are impressed by what you have achieved and delighted by the beauty you have created. The variety of plants, light and shade and the depth of yours gardens were a work of art. [...]
[...] It was a great pleasure first to meet you and your charming husband and then to be shown around by you, so that you could explain to us, how this magical garden was created. It is truly extraordinary, quite unbelievable and must take you feel so proud. What a wonderful achievement. [...]
[...] the "succulent" garden is so unique! I especially like all green gardens. I am an architectural designer, so the elegant simplicity of your villa was so appealing, and definitely suits my America sensibility. [...]
[...] But, words escape me when I remember the beautiful gardens you have created. You are an inspiration to all of us who aspire to being gardeners! [...]
Dear friend, it won't be easy to forget our visit to Il Biviere. We were won over by the atmosphere and the many unusual and inspiring ideas. The interesting presentation in the chapel, the garden where aloes and agaves reign, the old sailboat, the bejewelled tree trunks, the delicious food, and above all the kindness of the hosts, gave Il Biviere a place in our hearts. [...]
[...] The Borghese garden teaches us to overcome adversity and not to surrender when faced with a dark horizon that seems to be devoid of any signs of a benevolent or exceptional nature. Now, there is a green paradise, with a vault of adult trees that lead the visitor to believe that Nature has softened and decided to offset the surrounding desolation, by allowing a garden to flourish across around 3 hectares of land. [...]
As I said to his daughter, coming to Il Biviere was an immensely sweet experience: the colours of the flowers, the precious green of the meadows and the plants, along with their exquisite hospitality, meant this would be an experience to keep in my heart as something to remember when times were bad. You could feel their love all around for the beauty of nature and the continuous, passionate work they had done.
[...] It was wonderful for us to see a garden conceived with such originality and imagination combined with such horticultural expertise and faultless good taste. It was a sane treat for us to see such a place so unique in its situation and realization. [...] Il Biviere's threes-a-half hectare garden is not only a remarkable horticultural achievement but it changes our view of the way in which a succulent garden can be made.
[...] You gave us a fascinating afternoon and I came away amazed and impressed by your energy and creative vision in the making of a truly magical garden. I do hope you will tell the story of the house, the lake and its extraordinary transformation as I think it both a fascinating story and a wonderful subject for an illustrated book. [...]
Dear Principessa, I am very glad that we saved up your garden for the final visit on the tour. All the garden enthusiasts, were ecstatic, and Robin Lane Fox equates your garden with Ninfa, which is praise indeed. [...]
[...] I don't think I've ever seen a garden lovelier than yours, and I'm certain I've never seen one privately owned with such an incredible variety of uniquely wonderful trees and shrubs. The more I think about them, remember, the more I marvel at the way you and your husband have been able to incorporate such diverse elements into such a harmonious and elegant whole. [...]
[...] My husband says he learnt so much about your trees he was delighted. And I found the juxtaposition of shapes and forms and textures amongst the bushes and trees you did with such artistry [...]
Dear friend, in my soul I still hold the memory of your fascinating Mediterranean paradise, the array of greenery and flowers and the kindness of the owners. For us, from Verona, everything represented the hospitality of a land that had just been rediscovered but immediately loved. Thank you for welcoming us with so much affection and acquainting us with such a varied, enchanting selection of flora. [...]
Dear friends, I remember the day I spent a short break at your welcoming home in Biviere a week ago, it was like a dream that spanned varied days of courses and work. I was left with a profound and sincere admiration for the place. [...]
[...] all the delights of this jewel of a garden were created from nothing, with a great deal of passion and skill. It is really extraordinary the work that has been done to get such an amazing result in just a few years, it was certainly worth the sacrifice. We were all enchanted.
° The Queen Mother of England – 1988; Charles, Prince of Wales of England – 1990; The King and Queen of Belgium; The Princes of Luxembourg, A.R. Claudia Savoia Aosta.
° Cesare Brandi; Vittorio Sgarbi; Ralegh Treveilland; Dante Isella; Turi Vasile; Corrado Stajano; Giulia Borgese; Santi Correnti, Leonardo Sciascia, Robin Lane Fox. Other visitors have included Museum Directors, Superintendents of the Fine Arts, Curators of Botanical Gardens, and University Professors.
° Michelangelo Antonioni; Giorgio Albertazzi; Romolo Valli; Gabriele Lavia; Mario Scaccia; Paolo Ferrari; Tino Bianchi; Bette Davis; Clodette Colbert; Ilaria Occhini; Gisella Sofio; Anna Maria Bottini.
° Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Senators, Deputies, Presidents of the Sicilian Region, Councillors, High Magistrates, Members of the Supreme Judicial Council, Prefects, CC General Staff, Police Commissioners, Presidents of Credit Institutions, President of the ACI, President of the TCI. Umberto Veronesi, illustrious physicians, engineers, architects and lawyers.
° Many “Garden Clubs” from various Italian regions, the Orticola di Milano, the Accademia Piemontese del Giardino, the FAI, Le Dimore Storiche, and French, English and American Cultural Associations.
° Groups arriving from many parts of the world, such as Europe, the United States, China, Japan, Africa and Australia.
…and many more.