Located here in the unique climate of Ascona-Locarno is the only island in Switzerland to house a botanical park: the climate means the park is unbelievably rich in flora and fauna. Emerging from the waters of the Verbano, which absorbs heat in summer and releases it in winter, the Brissago Islands benefit from a subtropical climate with few frosty days a year. This provides the ideal environment for plant species not found elsewhere in Switzerland. Open to the public since 1950, the Isola Grande botanical park is home to over 2000 plant species from major southern climate zones, such as the Mediterranean, Chile, South Africa, Australia and California, and from humid subtropical climate zones, including Asia, America and Oceania. Like the Camellia Park, the Brissago Islands belong to the Gardens of Switzerland, and rightly so: thanks to their botanical diversity, they succeed in moving visitors from one part of the world to another in just a few steps.