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For more than 350 years, gardeners and botanists have been familiar with citrus trees, where both lemons and oranges grow. Often the different species mix in bizarre forms even in one fruit. We have studied the history of this rare citrus species to the present day.
German and Austrian gardeners in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
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In the first half of the 19th century various German and Austrian gardeners were active in southern Italy. We are interested in their life and work as well as their professional connections.
The Bizzarria of Firence
Citrus medica
The citron was the first citrus species to be introduced to the Mediterranien Region about 2500 years ago. In addition to their profane use, the fruits already had a high symbolic value in the ancient world, some of which has been preserved until today. We want to examine especially their distribution in the orangeries of the baroque period.
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The Bizzarria of Firence