The Florence Charter: Historic Gardens (1982)

ICOMOS-International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) International Committee for Historic Gardens

The Florence Charter sets forth the principles and guidelines for the preservation of historic gardens. The Charter defines historic gardens as architectural compositions and recommends their preservation as living monuments. It outlines strategies for maintenance, conservation, restoration, and reconstruction of gardens, including their plans, vegetation, structural and decorative features, and use of water. It recommends limiting use in order to protect gardens' fabric and cultural message. It also addresses legal and administrative issues. The Charter was adopted in 1982 as an addendum to the Venice Charter, addressing the needs of a specific class of cultural property.