06/14 • Explore the Beauty & History of Nonno’s Garden


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Seniors Club: Explore the beauty and history of Nonno’s Garden at Casa Belvedere
Friday, June 14  • 10 to 11:30 am
$0 for members, $10 donation non-members
Explore the beauty and history of Nonno’s Garden, one of the most cherished programs offered by The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere. This special garden tour is designed for senior citizens who love gardening or simply enjoy nature.
Founded in April 2020 in honor of Vito Biancardi, father of Casa Belvedere Founder Gina Biancardi, Nonno’s Garden has become a vibrant space for learning, sharing gardening knowledge, and meeting fellow garden enthusiasts. Nestled on the hillside overlooking New York Bay, the garden is a testament to the traditions of farming and gardening that have thrived on this site since the early 1900s.
Our dedicated volunteers and Foundation staff maintain the garden, growing a variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs in the classic Italian kitchen garden tradition. During your visit, you’ll learn about the heritage vegetables such as zucchini flowers, heirloom peppers, and Italian beans, lovingly cultivated from seeds passed down through generations.
This tour offers a unique opportunity to learn about the garden’s history, from its origins to its role in supporting educational programs and local community initiatives. You’ll also hear about our partnership with The Belvedere Club and our efforts to support a local Staten Island food pantry.


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About the presenter: Julia Miller was a private chef de cuisine before she trained and worked at a nursery in Brooklyn. In 2012, she opened her own landscape design firm catering to high-profile clientele in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She worked on projects that were creative collaborations with artists and others who sought a certain sophistication and curiosity for their spaces.  Julia also worked on many kitchen garden creations in Connecticut and Long Island, and native plant designs in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She continues to consult on design/build projects while developing a project to open a retail nursery business in Staten Island. She welcomes any questions about native plants growing in Staten Island and its environs.

In fiscal year 2024, Casa Belvedere launched a senior social club with the help of Discretionary Funds awarded by the New York City Council and our local leaders! Casa’s Coffee Club for Seniors provides opportunities for seniors to enjoy light refreshments and socialize while engaging in a variety of activities including film screenings, musical performances, art classes, and playing cards, chess, and bocce.

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