British Lady's gardening career in Italy

Added On May 20, 2019

 Wade is the founder of the Grandi Giardini Italiani, meaning great Italian gardens.

Founded in 1997, it has now developed into a network consisting of more than 130 Italian privately-owned and state-run gardens.
Throughout the years, Wade has been dedicated to promoting the artistic and botanical heritage of Italian gardens, both to the general public in Italy and also abroad. 
Talking about the history of gardens, Wade says she highly appreciates Chinese gardens, as well as their influence on European gardens. 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) JUDITH WADE, Grandi Giardini Italiani Founder
"In history they were one of the first to make gardens. So they started off with landscape gardens in China. So when they talk about British landscape gardens it was because they were influenced by China. From a botanical point of view,  Chinese Rose it comes from China and then we have made hybrids out of them. Wisteria comes from China, rhododendrons and azaleas. I could go on for hours speaking about plants that were imported from China. So China was for the Europeans a model. Because of course it was a philosophical religious thing in China, gardens where it was a place when you contemplated. So when travelers went to China they bought something back with them and that influences our way of making gardens and our way of choosing our plants."
Wade has always dreamed of creating a modern Chinese garden in Italy. She also talked about the international horticultural exhibition in Beijing, which she said is a fantastic platform for knowledge exchanges.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) JUDITH WADE, Grandi Giardini Italiani Founder
"As far as this fantastic opportunity international horticultural exhibition in Beijing, anything that gets people together talking about having something to do with one another on one subject is always positive. Because learning must not have barriers or frontiers so you know I'd love some Chinese landscape architect to work in Italy as I would adore some Italian landscape architects to work in China. I think knowledge is must be more international of an economy. And that is where making economy also work because ideas don't have boundaries. So good luck for your exhibition but I'm actually sure that Italy has a lot to give to China as far as the art of gardens of concerned as well as a lot of Chinese can help us get our gardens better."
Dedicating her life to gardens, Wade said she started protecting the environment through small things and she also spoke highly of China's efforts on the environmental protection. 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) JUDITH WADE, Grandi Giardini Italiani Founder
"I've always felt alone so now we got a big country like China I feel like backed up with someone you know I've got someone on my side at last. We are in the same world and so I'm very happy that we can meet in the same place which is beautiful gardens."