Nel 1700
la famiglia Ingegnoli

viveva a Sesto Calende, sulle sponde del Ticino. Già allora era legata alla terra da una profonda passione, la stessa che spinse l’Ing. Francesco Ingegnoli a trasferirsi nella vicina Milano mosso dal desiderio di dar vita ad una attività industriale e commerciale in campo agricolo.

Company history

Year 1789

The first nursery occupies a big open air field in the area of what is now the Central Station.

Here Ingegnoli began to cultivate highly selected fruit and ornamental plants. Gradually, they began to produce seeds from garden, flower, and especially grass seed. Alongside these activities, they immediately include the importance of research work and, in collaboration with the best Italian botanists, they also worked in genetic selection and therefore in the production of cereals including some fodder species. The activity turns immediately to success.

Year 1884

In 1884 the three brothers Francesco, Vittorio and Paolo - sons of Doctor Antonio Magistrato - transform their floristic activity into the "Business Society in the collective name Fratelli Ingegnoli", founding one of the first European agro-botanical establishments. Based on innovative technologies, the new activity aims to efficiently meet the needs of growers and gardeners, professionals and amateurs, providing the best possible quality. The company, based in Milan, Corso Loreto, 45 (today Corso Buenos Aires, 54) is known throughout Italy and worldwide with its new botanical and horticultural varieties created exclusively with the assistance of botanical experts internationally renowned.

It is from 1890 the catalog number 85 of correspondence sales that today, more than 100 years away, represents a good part of the company's turnover. At present, over 200,000 customers can order their products through a fully computerized sales service.

Until the middle of the last century, the technical direction for the vegetable gardening production of the company was based in Cologno Monzese on an extension of more than 50 hectares of land. All this is still today - to the sixth generation of the Ingegnoli family - an unparalleled reality in the world of seed and plant production and marketing.

The Ingegnoli were the first to import into Europe, from far Japan, the Kaki, whose diffusion was immediate; it is dated 1888 a letter from Giuseppe Verdi to the Fratelli Ingegnoli with whom he thanked them for sending some fruits from the first plants produced in the nursery.

Since 1997, the new factory is operative in Via Oreste Salomone 65 in Milan (Mecenate area). Available to all customers, wholesalers and individuals, it offers a huge space for loading and unloading goods with fast and efficient delivery systems.

Also in that year, the Fratelli Ingegnoli inaugurates the "Garden of Viale Pasubio" where customers and fans can find all the products offered in the catalog, visiting the exhibition quietly thanks to the large private car park at their disposal. In this new sales point, the customers can find everything needed for easy and pleasant gardening, from ornamental potted plants to fruit trees, from seeds to pesticides, to bonsai and all the necessary equipment for a practical and functional maintenance of small, medium and large green spaces.

Year 2000

Since 2010, in Milan, the new large garden center in via O. Salomone 68 is in operation right in front of the seat. Organized on an area of more than 6,500 square meters, it has 800 square meters of greenhouses and a large car park.

To complement the range of services offered, Fratelli Ingegnoli provides its customers with a Technical Office of the "Garden Architecture" section, consisting of an efficient team of technicians and experts capable of solving any problem related to the fruit and vegetable sector, Including the design of terracing and garden furniture solutions more consistent with the individual needs of the applicants.

It is worth recalling that the "mission" of the Fratelli Ingegnoli is to spread the passion for green, with a continuous and constant search for the best quality at the most affordable prices in the respect of nature to the utmost satisfaction of its customers. Searching for new and best varieties never stops. Through the participation of the best vegetable genetics specialists, the company continues to produce horticultural seeds that meet the demands of a constantly evolving market.

While becoming one of the most well-known companies in the industry both in Italy and abroad, the work method and values of the Ingegnoli Family have remained unchanged over time. Availability, loyalty, cordiality, and customer-friendly dialogue allow the company to maintain a direct and personal relationship with each of them.

Ingegnoli's nurseries

The Fratelli Ingegnoli has its own nursery, also using land owned by third parties. Here, it produces millions of seedlings of different species and herbs, which, after careful selection in the field, are intended for growing seed production and hundreds of thousands of wild tree plants on which technicians operate their grafts to obtain fruit plants and Ornamental that, after one or two years of nursery, are invaded and sold free of vase.

However, some species are reproduced by cuttings or seed. The main nurseries for vegetable seed are found in Romagna; for fruit trees and ornamental plants in Tuscany; For screws, in particular, in the area of Ovada, in the province of Alessandria. Roses are produced essentially in France, in the Antibes area, in Lyon and in Malicorne, near Clermon Ferrand, two of the world's most important breeders. Flower seeds are partly obtained in Italy and partly overseas: in Germany and Northern Europe. Flower bulbs are almost exclusively produced in France, except some species that are grown in Belgium and the Netherlands.

The Society is assisted by national institutes for the control, post cultivation, batches of vegetable seed produced, especially from the point of view of varietal purity, as well as state and national analysis laboratories for the assessment of grade Germination and seed germination capacity of each individual variety. The Brothers Ingegnoli also has a research department to improve the selections.

With these conditions, the Company tends to offer its Customers an unmistakable merchandise in every respect, scrupulously selected and carefully packaged, faithful to a ferry delivery that has been handed down, from father to son, since the 1817 foundation date of the first agrarian- Italian botanist of the Fratelli Ingegnoli.