Giuseppe Carteri

Of Venetian origin, Giuseppe Carteri was called by the Sgaravatti gardening firm in 1965 to run its new office in Porto Cervo. Since then, the young manager has had a successful career, becoming a partner in the firm.

He speaks with pride of his first attempts to tame the wild Sardinian scrub, transforming it into enchantingly cropped hedges and combed gardens, very much appreciated by the foreigners, perhaps a bit less by the Italians, who prefer the Mediterranean macchia style.

It all began, remembers Carteri, with the architects Michele and Giancarlo Busiri Vici, and the gardens of the Hotel Romazzino, then belonging to the Rank Organisation, but now of CIGA Hotels, of The Luxury Collection; and the first villa was that of Princess Alexandra of Kent, in Piccolo Romazzino.

The main problem in those days, was the shortage of water, an essential element for any garden. This appeared to be insurmountable, but thanks to the great promoter of the Costa Smeralda, H.H. the Aga Khan (and to the determination of the Secretary General of the Consorzio Costa Smeralda, Mr. Paolo Riccardi), the Liscia Dam was constructed, together with the aqueduct to Porto Cervo.

Because of Carteri’s experience on the Costa Smeralda, he has been charged with the creation of enchanting gardens in the desert in the Arab Emirates.

Giuseppe Carteri inherited from his family farming origins, a passion for plants, as well as for animals. At the Sgaravatti nursery on the road to Arzachena, you can visit his little fauna park, with swans, lyre birds, tropical parrots and talking black-birds, that greet you with "Ciao". It is a delight for the frequent visiting scholastic tours and Carteri reveals with satisfaction, that he personally cares for his little feathered friends.

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Località La Punga - Arzachena
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