23 June: the bouquet of St John

23 June: the bouquet of St John

On the days of the Summer Solstice, echoes of ancient times resound in the tradition of the Mazzetto di San Giovanni (St John's Bunch): what herbs are gathered and where does the custom come from?
We invite you to take an in-depth look at the ethnobotanical symbologies linked to St John in our territories: a journey that goes back in time, to the ancient bond between human beings and the botanical world, to ritual uses and pharmacological properties.

We will discover what St. John's Wort, artemisia, rosemary, rue, lavender and other species tell us, in a rediscovery of the myths linked to the plants and the stories that each of them brings with them in their officinal and ritual use over the centuries.
At the end of the meeting, we will experience the tale by constructing our own personal St John's Mazzetto: we will discover the meaning of tying the herbs with the red ribbon and why it should be hung on the door, thus taking home a piece of our ancient traditions linked to the solstice.


The event has a limited number of participants. Participation is only possible by prior booking. To participate, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and telephone number. The reservation is effective upon receipt of confirmation from the Carsiana staff. Participation in the event is free of charge.


Date: 23 June

Start time: 10.30 a.m.

Duration: 2 hours

Meeting place: Carsiana Botanical Garden

Difficulty: easy, suitable for everyone

Recommended equipment: comfortable clothing and trekking shoes

Participation fee: free of charge thanks to the contribution of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

Registration: compulsory at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.