The Festa degli amici di San Fiacre – party time in the garden

Did you know that there is a patron saint of gardeners?  Of course there is! There’s a patron saint for almost everything!

A few years ago a friend here wanted to celebrate finishing a gardening course she’d undertaken but she wanted the party to become the means for people interested in gardens or nature or growing their own food to come together to share plants and seeds and, this being Italy, share a good lunch too!  She did some research and found that the patron saint of gardeners is San Fiacre and that his feast day is either 30th of August or 1st of September.  To make it easy for people to participate the celebration has taken place on the last Sunday in August. Continue reading