Visit to the Parco Botanico di Gambarogno

This visit had been postponed since for lack of inscriptions but took place instead on 12 June with the 3 members who had made contact and who had never visited this botanic treasure before. We had with us a very knowledgeable guest from the Mallet Court Nurseries in Somerset. Thus we had a most instructive […]

Visit to Monza

Eleven members of BRA from the Ticino travelled by minibus to Monza where we met up with two friends of Mike and Tulay De Morgan for the long-awaited visit to the Capella Teodolinda, the Duomo and its Museum. Due to a general strike in the transport system we had the museum, the duomo and the […]

Garden Visit

The garden was looking stunning on this mild, sunny, windless afternoon for the BRA visit.Amelia Smithers gave a short talk about her father’s creation, saying that often a garden dies when its owner dies but that in this case this was not at all true, since Sheila and Adolf are doing such a great job […]

Spring Lunch

Twenty-two of us met for our Spring Lunch on 4 March in Lugano with traditional roast lamb and mint sauce as the pièce de résistance.  It was good to see Nina and Max Hofman, who had braved the terrible weather to be with us, as well as four members who had arrived from Zurich and […]

Tea and Capability Brown

A group of us met in Patty and Mario Pellegrini’s delightful house on 18 January for a delicious tea with every kind of ‘goody’, including specially made items for those with allergies. We enjoyed catching up with each other after the Christmas and New Year break before turning our attention to the work of Capability […]

Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro Exhibition Visit

It was a perfect outing for a chilly grey January day to see this exhibition in Milan on 12 January. A few lucky BRA members were able to immerse themselves in another world, the world of ukiyo, translated as floating world. Stepping back in history over 300 years to a Japan in isolation, Sakoku, meaning […]

BRA and ST. Edwards Church joint QBP

A traditional cream tea party was hosted in the compound of St Edward’s Anglican Church on a beautiful and hot summer afternoon on 23 June to mark HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday. It developed into a three-fold event starting in the back garden where tea with British home-made sandwiches, scones,cakes, meringues and cream were served: […]

Garden Visit to Waterfall Plaza

On a warm sunny afternoon on 22 March a small but dedicated group of BRA members visited this world-famous garden which was looking extraordinarily beautiful.  This was in spite of a massive snow fall during the night of 4 to 5 March which broke off many flower-laden branches with the weight of the snow.  Our […]