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Papal Gardens at Castel Gandolfo - Location of the Pope's summer palace - Castel Gandolfo is a small Italian town or comune in Lazio that occupies a height overlooking Lake Albano about 15 miles south-east of Rome, on the Alban Hills. It is best known as the summer residence of the Pope. The town was voted one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Photo by desquiliano

Papal Gardens at Castel Gandolfo - Location of the Pope's summer palace - Castel Gandolfo is a small Italian town or comune in Lazio that occupies a height overlooking Lake Albano about 15 miles south-east of Rome, on the Alban Hills.

Like living exclamation points, these trees punctuate the landscape with an elegant wit. Conway fashioned his allée from fastigiate hornbeams (Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'), which naturally tend toward a columnar shape. To keep them looking trim, he prunes the hardwoods with hedge clippers three to four times a season, from spring through fall — though it's hardly an exact science. "Don't worry about mistakes," Conway says. "New shoots will appear in a few weeks, and you'll have another ...

Landscaping Tips from Sean Conway - Garden Design Ideas - Country Living. Conway fashioned his allée from fastigiate hornbeams (Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'), which naturally tend toward a columnar shape.

Papal Gardens at Castel Gandolfo - Location of the Pope's summer palace - Castel Gandolfo is a small Italian town or comune in Lazio that occupies a height overlooking Lake Albano about 15 miles south-east of Rome, on the Alban Hills. It is best known as the summer residence of the Pope. The town was voted one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Photo by desquiliano

Papal Gardens at Castel Gandolfo - Location of the Pope's summer palace - Castel Gandolfo is a small Italian town or comune in Lazio that occupies a height overlooking Lake Albano about 15 miles south-east of Rome, on the Alban Hills.