The Italian Garden Project is thrilled to be documenting the amazing garden of Bruno Garofalo of Pittsburgh Pa. Bruno's garden will be archived in the Smithsonian's Archives of American Gardens. We will visit the garden monthly for up to a year, photographing, videotaping, sketching the layout and plantings, and learning as much as we can from this knowledgeable, kind, and generous gardener.
If there's anything that makes Mr. Ciccone happy, it's making sausage. He enjoys working with meat of any kind because it reminds him of growing up in his native Italy where his father was a butcher.
There's not one right way to protect a fig tree for the winter. Seems everyone has a method that works for them. Michele has devised an ingenious method to wrap one of his very large trees.
Tommasina demonstrates how to carefully remove shoots of her fig tree so that they can be replanted to grow into separate trees.
If there was anything revered as much as figs in the Italian American household where I grew up, it was chestnuts.