Cantarella, descendant of the Sicilian botanist Salvatore Portal,
is the owner of The Botanic Garden of Biancavilla.
his founder's death the garden was left abandoned , but in a short
time it will be restored in its old site, the rear area of Palazzo
Portal, in the very historical centre of the town.
Its owner is doing any effort for its renewal by planting the old
flora. Other experts are collaborating with him in this recovering
and renewing process:
Mario Catalano is responsible for the agronomical aspect. He is
the Responsible of the Botanic Garden of the University La Sapienza
of Rome, (Largo Cristina di Svezia, 24 - Rome).
Enrico Auletta is responsible for the architectural and landscape
aspects. He is a garden architect and a member of AIAPP, EFLA and
IFLA (responsible for the Research Office Progetto Verde : Il Gazebo)
via Leucosia, 165 - Salerno)00.
Associazione Italiana di Architettura del Paesaggio - EFLA: European
Foundation for Landscape Architecture - IFLA: International Federation
Botanic Garden will be a private institution until Salvatore Cantarella's
death. However students and public in general can visit it. Afterwards
it will be part of a foundation entitled to the former founder, the
Canon Abbot Salvatore Portal.
Salvatore Cantarella presented a formal requests
to the local authority to restore the old street names Via
Orto Botanico and Cortile Botanico .
He obtained it by means of Major Orders. In fact , in the Seventies,
the town council changed the old town street-plan for an absurd and
awkward political action. The names of the streets close to the Botanic
Garden changed too.
Abbot Salvatore Portal lived between the centuries VIII and XI and
he was a very important scholar of Botany. In the following pages
you can find his biography taken from Salvatore Cantarella's degree