Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Learning about the main Hort species in Tuscany
In this photo, the 18 Aggies enrolled in the International Horticulture course attend a "non-traditional" lecture outside of the classroom to learn about and recognize some of the most common plant species grown in Italian gardens and orchards as well as some of the wild flowers typical of the Tuscan countryside. Some of the vegetable species encountered were artichoke, potato, tomato, onion, garlic, faba beans. Fruit and ornamental trees we recognized were apricot, peach, plum, pomegranate (Punica granatum) and the omnipresent olive tree (Olea europaea), stone pine (Pinus pinea), and Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens). On the background, the city of Castiglion Fiorentino with the Santa Chiara Study Center.