The exhibition illustrated how Texas visionary Beth Miller reclaimed twenty devastated acres using new farming techniques that turned arid soil into fertile loam. In this contest I met John Greenlee an American expert in grass ecology and champion of sustainable design who introduce me to the use of wild grasses as ornamental plants.
At the same time I collaborated with the Enzo Margheiti Nursery in Tuscany for whom, among other things, I wrote their first book and catalogue of their plants.
I then moved to Rome where in 1998 I opened my own studio ‘Dueoltreigiardino’ in partnership with the Architect Caterina Bicocchi. I designed several gardens and terraces in Rome, Lazio, Tuscany and in the United States extending my knowledge of the Mediterranean flora. I partecipated to several Competitions.
In 2003 I relocated my business to Milan then expanded my work to Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, and Piemonte. In Switzerland I designed my first mountain garden working with the local flora. I collaborated for some years with CULTI Milano as a plant consultant setting up a new concept ‘Fashion Flower’ and applying it both to dressing up their stores and the contract sector, in the same vein as the design concept projects at Fuorisalone del Mobile in Milan.
These days I write for the Corriere delle Sera’s SetteGreen magazine and my first essay ” Montericco, un giardino testimone del tempo” was published for the Grandi Giardini Italiani Society.
I currently switch between doing urban designs for terraces and roof gardens and kitchen gardens in the countryside. In recent years I have worked principally in Sardinia on the coast continuing the restoration of olive farm landscapes.