Discovering Nurseries by bicycle: Firenze and its surroundings (Toscana/1)

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This second itinerary is related to the previous one, “Discovering Nurseries: Firenze and its surroundings (Toscana/1)”, but unlike the latter, it can be enjoyed by bicycle, as distances can be easily covered in just 15 minutes in total. We’re dealing with the Scandicci area, in the western territory of Florence. Visitors will thus come across roses, hydrangeas, wisteria, magnolias, apple and pear trees in ornamental forms, succulent plants, cacti and much more. Like the previous itinerary, this route may also be extended to some gardens along the way (see “Discovering gardens: Florence and surroundings”).


The map shows the nurseries and the other suggested locations included in our itinerary.
Distances are mentioned as well, in order to better plan your visit.

vivaio Taddei Borgioli

Taddei Borgioli Nursery

Historical production of ancient and collectable hydrangeas. The nursery can be found on Via S. Carlo and it has recently included camellias, clematis and wisteria

Distances to nearby nurseries: 0.8 miles to Rose di Nicola Cavina – 1.8 miles to Naturalmente Cactus Center.

Le Rose di Nicola Cavina

Le Rose di Nicola Cavina

This nursery can be found on Via Guardavia and it is specialized in ancient and modern fragrant roses, as well as apple and pear trees for ornamental purposes.

Distances to nearby nurseries: 3.5 miles to Naturalmente Cactus Center.

Naturalmente Cactus Center

Naturalmente Cactus Center

This cactus nursery was established about 25 years ago by two enthusiast Tuscan collectors. Since that day, they have always tried to perfect and improve the plants on sale, not only by direct reproduction from seed or by cutting but also by looking for specialized European dealers who would ensure beautiful and healthy specimens. All in all, Naturalmente Cactus Center offers a remarkable assortment including large and high-quality cacti.

Over the years and with a great passion for botany and cultivation, the owners have pushed themselves to seek new cultivation of orchids, Cycadee, bonsai trees, and Plumeria (“frangipani” or “pomelias”) – the latter reproduced by seed or cutting.

In the nursery ponds, there is also large cultivation of aquatic plants – water lilies and Nelumbum (lotus flower) in particular.

There is also an impressive collection of Hoya (a plant very difficult to find on the market), quite truly among the largest in Italy.

In the remaining space of the recently renovated nursery, the cultivation of some varieties of indoor plants has just begun.

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