Hanbury Botanic Gardens

Ventimiglia, Italy
Giardini Botanici Hanbury


In this residency, I find myself in one of the most beautiful gardens in the Mediterranean world.  Created by Thomas Hanbury, an English botanist in the mid-19th century, it is a mature, exuberant 45 acres of splendor spilling down to the sea, with wisteria climbing the century-old cypress trees, orange and citrus groves, temples, monuments, and steep vertical steps.  Thomas and his brother Daniel traveled the world choosing exotic and rare plants with a visionary plan that included an ancient palazzo in the center of the gardens, which a further generation of Hanburys has restored.

My art opening will be in this same palazzo on June 6th, and the exhibition will last one month.

Note that this garden and palace were the set in the film "Grace of Monaco," due to open in May 2021 at the Cannes Film Festival.

Interview with Anna Fills, Riviera Woman