The Foundation “Casa del Sole”, established in December 2009, is
a collaboration consisting the Council of Barasso, Dr. Daniele
Zanzi, President of MAI (Modern Arboriculture Institute) and Mr
Fernando Rossi. Mr Fernando Rossi, a direct descendant of
Leonida Rossi, originally constructed the Cologne Heliotherapy
Marisa Rossi in 1935 but later donated it to the town council
where it became the basis of the Foundation.
The property is situated within the Regional Park of Campo dei
Fiore, near to the town of Barasso. The estate consists of
over 6000 square meters of parkland and is home to a traditional
style Italian building. For decades it has formed a
landmark for the local community with its recreation centre and
areas for children to congregate and play.
The objective of the Foundation is to create a centre to promote
and spread knowledge of environmental sciences through
informational, educational and cultural practices. The
park; ‘The Environmental Education Centre and Alex Shigo Modern
Arboriculture Park’ is dedicated to the memory of Alex Shigo, a
great American scientist who died recently. Shigo
was recognized worldwide as the ‘Father of Modern Arboriculture’
thus the Foundation aims for local, national and international
recognition for the new centre.
Alex Shigo spent most of his life studying, dissecting and
writing about trees. He travelled to Italy on numerous
occasions for seminars, conferences and social visits and
features in Varese’s book of honoured and distinguished guests.
His love for Italy was such that in an interview he once said
"I still have many ideas and projects and among these is an
Institute for modern arboriculture through which my studies will
continue. I honestly think that this will be achievable in
Italy, a Country that I appreciate and love so much."
The foundation aims to create a multi-functional centre to aid
the spread of science and the life workings of Alex Shigo.
The park will be available to the public for recreational and
educational activities along with a museum dedicated to material
collected by Shigo throughout his life.