Sale San Giovanni
As summer approaches, in June, you can enjoy the lavender bloom, an astonishing landscape, among the green bushes of the hills of Sale San Giovanni.
This small borough of the Bassa Langa counts about 180 inhabitants and it has been able to reinvent itself thanks to the lavender and the pot herbs, becoming a real excellence in the herbal sector.
For over twenty years, in fact, in this village, usually in the month of June, takes place “Non solo Erbe“: an important regional event created to celebrate the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants in the area such as lavender, helichrysum, hyssop, sage, lemon balm, fennel,…
The hills of this small piedmontese borough in fact are not only covered of lavender, but here there are also hyssop, chamomile, achillea, sage, coriander, fennel that create a kaleidoscope of beautiful colours, from sugar paper to sage green, from ecru to violet and pink.
During the event, guided tours of the crops are organised to immerse yourself in the wonderful colours of a unique landscape with the crown of the Alps in the background and facing an expanse of meadows cultivated with the aromas of the French Midi. To enrich this important event there are exhibitions, concerts, street artists, cultural visits to the monuments, conferences, visits to the Prandi Arboretum and the cultivation of lavender and enkir (the oldest organic cereal in the world), as well as many stands located for the streets of the historic center with medicinal and aromatic plants, herbal and agricultural products, cosmetics, perfumes, all strictly coming from organic farming.
The Prandi Arboretum has a centuries-old tradition of organic and biodynamic crops. At the beginning of the ‘900, Domenico Prandi, starting to collect plants from all over the world, introduced very advanced agricultural practices for the period.
This year “Non solo Erbe” will take place from 28th to 30th June 2019, in the period of maximum flowering of medicinal plants. Admission is free. Opening hours: from 9 am to 23.59.
Many different catering points will complete the offer of this now traditional Piedmontese event.