Garden and Landscape Design School - Florence

Scuola di Architetura del Paesaggio Landscape Design School Escola de paisagismo
Since 2008

Courses in garden history
Ancient and Mediaeval gardens
Gardens of the Renaissance
English gardens and our times

Design courses
Garden and terrace design

Practical courses
Olive cultivation and pruning
Vine cultivation and pruning

Italian language courses
Standard course
Semi-intensive course
Intensive course
Specialisation course
Individual courses

Art courses
Drawing and painting course
Sculpture course
Mosaics course
Ceramics and pottery course
Photography course

Visits to parks and gardens
Public gardens of Florence
Secret gardens of Florence
The Boboli Gardens

The Garden Design School's Staff

The organisation of courses is done by Richard Willmer, Bll and in possession of several qualifications in landscape design as well as in environmental law.

He has worked closely with Saverio Lastrucci in several projects in the Metropolitan City of Florence.

He is a photographer and water colourist specialised in landscape and plants and has given lectures on Italian Formal Gardens, which he has illustrated with his photographs. He has held several exhibitions in Florence.

He is the author of several Internet sites on Italian language and culture.

Richard Willmer


The Academic director of the Garden Design School is Saverio Lastrucci, Bsc in forestry and member of the Ordine dei Dottori Agronomi e Dottori F Forestali of Florence and of A.I.A.P.P. He is professor of the MA in cultural heritage at the University of Florence. ' He is also a member of the SocietÓ Toscana di Orticultura.

He has worked as an I.F.L.A. landscape architect since 1983, designing and restoring gardens, terraces and parks, both public and private, as well as projecting outdoor furniture, irrigation systems, fountains and swimming-pools in Italy and abroad.

As a consultant and curator of the "Fondazione Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron" since 1999 he oversees the conservation and development of the Bardini Garden in Florence and Villa Peyron in Fiesole

He has published many articles and essays on landscape design, tree conservation and cultural heritage.


Saverio Lastrucci


Irina Willmer is a certified tour guide for Florence and the Metropolitan city of Florence.

Her hobbies are web-design and landscape photography.

Irina Willmer


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