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The Botanical Garden

During the 17th and 18th centuries the larger university towns all equipped themselves with Botanical Gardens, and during the 19th century, these were freed from their original function as mere subsidiary centres to the study of medicine and became independent scientific institutions, essential to Botanical classes and research.

Important scholars of medicinal plants, including Nicolaus Leonicenus Vicentinus and Antonio Musa Brassavola, history's first real botanists, attended Ferrara University during the 15th and 16th centuries .

At the time, students attended classes in the private pharmaceutical gardens of their lecturers and those belonging to the Este family, laid out on an island by the Po River.

Today, the gardens consist of an experimental field in which exotic and native plants are cultivated for study and also for utilitarian, ecological, geographical and systematic purposes.

Around 2000 species are grown, ordered by families, in outside flowerbeds or in large greenhouses; the collections of succulent and epiphyte plants are particularly remarkable.

The Botanical Gardens are now an important teaching aid, a place of botanical experimentation and research. They have an important educational role in raising awareness of the need to protect nature and safeguard the landscape in general, and above all in bringing to attention the plight of rare plants or those in danger of extinction.







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