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On 26th March 2013, the Tourism Minister of Malta, Karmenu Vella, and the Ambassador of Italy, Giovanni Umberto De Vito, inaugurated the final seminar of the “Gardmed – the network of Mediterranean Gardens” project, an initiative for the conservation, management and safeguarding of Maltese and Sicilian gardens. A series of cultural events and the development of a touristic itinerary integrating 18 Sicilian and Maltese public and private gardens aimed at the preservation and safeguarding of such extraordinary historical, artistic and environmental heritage.

The main contributors of this project are the Orto Botanico of the University of Catania in a partnership with the Argotti Botanical Gardens of Malta, and the Local Councils of Siracuse and Floriana.

The project is co-financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund within the Italy-Malta Operational Programme’s framework. The initiative intends to strengthen the appeal and competitivity across frontiers while guaranteeing sustainability for the environment.

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Prof. Anna Guglielmo of the University of Catania, Prof. Richard Muscat, Pro-Rector of the University of Malta, Dr Joseph Buhagiar, Director of Argotti Botanical Gardens (University of Malta), the Hon. Karmenu Vella, Minister for Tourism, and The Ambassador of Italy, His Excellency Giovanni Umberto De Vito.

Giardino Ibleo of Ragusa (Sicily) 

Gardens of Palazzo Parisio (Naxxar)