Horticulture is widespread in South Tyrol, and traditionally distributed across smaller farms. This ranges from public green spaces, private gardens, growers of seedlings, horticulture for cemeteries and vegetable growing, herbs and landscape gardening. There is also an area for suppliers, producers of fertilisers and substrate, suppliers of young plants and seeds, and from suppliers of machinery to suppliers of tools to farming consortia.This new area, which was set up in 2019, is tasked with creating networks, consultancy, and applying the results of research in the field of horticulture and landscaping in South Tyrol. The ecological, social, aesthetic, town planning and cultural values of green spaces need to be improved and safeguarded sustainably.Initially, the Horticulture area limited its work to public green spaces and above all, to offering consultancy services to municipal authorities. At the same time, it aimed to connect the existing area networks in South Tyrol. This will progress the “Giardino naturale Alto Adige” initiative, together with experiments on balconies, coordinated with interested parties and stakeholders.

Natural Garden

The "Natur im Garten" [Natural Garden] is an initiative to promote design and eco-friendly maintenance of gardens and green spaces. The essential criteria to obtain “Natur im Garten” certification require gardens and green spaces to be designed and maintained without using synthetic fertilisers or phytosanitary products, with no use of peat in substrates. It is also necessary to create versatile habitats for people, animals, and plants.This campaign, which started in Austria and then extended to Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and now South Tyrol, is aimed at private individuals and town councils.

Since the start of 2022, the Horticulture Area from Laimburg Research Centre has been the official certifying body for “Natur im Garten” plaques.

For private gardens: Nature-orientated gardens and green spaces that meet the requirements are given a plaque in situ as part of a customised, free consultancy.

For town councils: The experts from the Horticulture area offer a free consultancy service on the different subjects linked to public greenery. The service also includes courses and continuous training opportunities for employees, as well as conferences and information evenings for the public and for interested groups.





Subjects for guided visits


Tropical greenhouse

A tropical greenhouse with over 200 species of tropical plants: general greenhouse tour, botanical facts and information on plants and edible species, house plants, succulents, and epiphytes.

Duration: 45 minutes | Maximum number of participants: 12.

Display garden

Herbs, salad plants, aromatic plants, soil varieties, citrus fruit collection, useful tropical plants.

Duration: 30 minutes | Maximum number of participants: 15

Balcony varieties (display changes every year)

Duration: 30 minutes | Maximum number of participants: 15

Green roofs

Extensive and intensive structures: green roofs with a focus on biodiversity

Duration: 40 minutes | Maximum number of participants: 15

Green fronts

Greening masonry fronts using climbing plants: options, benefits, and disadvantages

Duration: 30 minutes | Maximum number of participants: 15

Natur im Garten

Display garden and vegetable garden with native plant species in raised beds, permaculture, all cultivated without the use of peat, plastic, and mineral fertilisers.

Duration: 30 minutes | Maximum number of participants: 15

Green spaces at Laimburg and in the surrounding area

Asian garden, shade garden, rock garden, street greenery, natural ponds, rose gardens, perennial area, hedges, and biodiversity.

Duration: 60 minutes | Maximum number of participants: 15