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Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature

Maria Failla- Happy Plant Lady and Author of Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness



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The History of Italian Gardens and Italian Citrus

• 51 min

Ever heard the saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"? You bet those lemons might have come from an Italian garden, plant friends! To celebrate Italian American Heritage Month, this episode brings us all about the history of Italian gardens and citrus cultivation with Helena Attlee, an expert on Italian gardens and author of the book The Land Where Lemons Grow. We will talk about Italy's epic obsession with gardens and citrus fruits over the centuries. In this episode, we learn:[00:00] What is the deep-rooted connection between Italian culture and gardening?[07:36] How Helena became passionate about Italian gardening[11:48] Helena’s garden features and the cultural significance of citrus in Italian agriculture[13:57] Why is it not advisable to grow citrus in Britain?[15:00] Get your fall planting and feeding essentials from Espoma Organics![16:30] Gift the magic of soothing melodies this season with Wind River Wind Chimes[18:23] What recurring cultural garden themes did Helena find in all her visits?[22:05] Revival of Italian gardening[28:05] What sustains edible gardening in Italian culture, especially in lower and middle-class communities?[29:59] How volcanic ash from active volcanoes benefits plant growth, particularly in regions like Sicily and Naples[31:11] What inspired Helena to write her book, The Land Where Lemons Grow?[34:30] Importance of Italian citrus farming and its link to the mafia's rise[41:13] Health benefits of blood oranges and lemon juice, especially in preventing scurvy[44:11] What are Helena’s top favorite gardens to visit in Italy?[46:41] What would be one way to elevate your gardens in an Italian way?[47:34] Where can you find Helena on social media? Mentioned in our conversation:Book by Helena Attlee The Land Where Lemons GrowBooks by Georgina MassonRussell PageGrandi Giardini Italiani For a deep dive into Italian gardens you can explore up to the present,check out the full show notes and blog here! Thank you to our episode sponsor:Espoma OrganicMake sure your plants are all set for the new season! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging. Visit to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront. Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones! Visit and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes. Follow Helena: Website Instagram Twitter Follow Maria and Growing Joy: Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here! Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria Tiktok: @growingjoywithmaria Subscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmaria Website: Pinterest: @growingjoywithmaria Our Sponsors: * Check out HelloFresh and use my code bloomfree for a great deal: * Check out Manukora

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