Built in 1984 on the initiative of the former Comunità Montana della Garfagnana (today Unione Comuni Garfagnana) the botanical garden houses the most significant plant species of the Orecchiella Park. Located in a large clearing of the beech forest, in the locality of Piè Magnano, at an altitude of m. 1370 on the south-west side of the Pania di Corfino. It can be reached by following a dirt road tstarting from the mountain hut Isera.
Among the cultivated and harvested species are rare and endangered plants, and the spontaneous flora used in traditional folk medicine and in the nutrition of the populations of the Garfagnana valley. The visit to the botanical garden allows not only the observation of the numerous plant species present but also has the meaning of a short naturalistic excursion, through the reconstruction of the natural environments of the Lucchese Apennines, such as moorlands, cliffs, rubble, and peat bogs, pastures and woods.
The guide service is entrusted to the Aquilegia Association, graduates and undergraduates of the Faculties of Natural, Environmental and Forest Sciences of the various Tuscan universities