Born at Maslianico (Como) in 1956, he took a diploma as an agriculturist and agricultural technician and at the age of nineteen was placed in charge of the plant propagation houses and the cultivation of Ficus benjamina at the Floricoltura Carlo Cappellini.
Floriculture and Garden
Over the course of his career he has coordinated several construction sites, overseeing the laying out of both public parks and the private gardens of elegant villas in the Como region.
From 2004 to 2019 he was head gardener at Villa Pizzo in Cernobbio, where he was responsible for the organization and supervision of the works required for the routine and extraordinary maintenance of the botanical garden, one of the most prestigious and picturesque on Lake Como. In the areas closest to the main buildings, the garden has elongated geometrical pathways between flower beds, topiary hedges and baroque fountains, culminating in the long and celebrated Avenue of Cypresses that characterizes the villa when viewed from the lake.
Towards Moltrasio, the typical Italian-style garden grows ever richer, with high forest trees, and is criss-crossed by a system of lanes and minor paths; on its margins are located a water grotto, pools, watercourses and the ‘Alessandro Volta Fountain’, set amongst the mock ruins of a small classical temple.
Marco Sala devoted himself to the loving and expert care of these places on a daily basis, looking after the whole of the garden and its maintenance and helping to make it one of the villas most visited by tourists from all over the world, whom he would accompany on tours of the botanical garden.
Enrolled in the register of agricultural technicians of the provinces of Brescia, Bergamo, Como and Sondrio, Marco Sala has also taught landscape design as part of the ‘Leonardo International Mobility Project’.