Gardens in Dalarna

Gardens in Dalarna

Genuine Swedish garden history and incomparable landscapes were offered by Dalarna, when Allt om Trädgård's readers traveled around with our guide André Strömqvist in July 2013. A few excerpts from our travelogue here.

Gamla Stabergs bergsmansgård is a part of Falun World Heritage Site. The garden is in Carolingian baroque from the early 18th century. Here you will find ruddammar, a large baroque kitchen garden that also contains medicinal plants, the terraced orchards, hop plantations and much more.

Terraced fruit meadows in Gamla Staberg, with old cultivated apple varieties.

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Discount i Stora Hyttnäs.

Stora Hyttnäs in Sundborn is an unchanged turn-of-the-century home with a well-preserved 19th century garden that houses a number of unusual species.

The 300-year-old old apple Hyttnäsiana in Stora Hyttnäs, which still bears fruit.

Can there be a Swedish discount?

In the forest grove on Stora Hyttnäs you can see an art installation with several placed pianos. The instruments slowly give way when nature gets its way. Decay in piano.

Geraniums in the window. Stora Hyttnäs is next door Carl Larsson. We took the opportunity to look into the garden that is to be restored.

Hildasholm in Leksand. The summer estate has a large English park with a view of Lake Siljan and many exciting hides built by the Munthe family. We were guided around the garden rooms inspired by classic gardens from England, France and Italy, but also ideals from the Arts and Crafts movement.

The peacock garden in Hildasholm. Daisies and violets are framed by Spiraea hedges. A strict basic structure, but with traditional plants that are seen in many gardens in the area.

Hildasholm is undergoing continuous restorations, but also new facilities. Here the newly built the medicinal garden, as a tribute to Axel Munthes professional role. Was it a toy onion or not that the current gardener Blomqvist got hold of?

Time for relaxation, play and the joy of discovery. The Hildasholm Museum has it all for today's visitors, both for the big and the small.

On a journey of discovery around the hotel in Tällberg, for whoever wanted. Holen's old farm is a homestead with a nice feeling. High up with a view of the Siljan area, you can enjoy a waffle or two in the coffee house.

Sunset in Tällberg. There is a village character program for Tällberg and it shows. All buildings are made of wood and most are timbered. It is wonderful to walk around and take in the atmosphere that this gem gives us.

"Visiting Sweden and Dalarna without visiting Tällberg is like being at a wedding without seeing the bride." I managed to see both too.

View from hotel Dalecarlica in Tällberg

Birches and moose grass. Typical view from the bus. If it were not moose grass, the roadside could be lined with lupins, or like in a place hundreds of meters of close-standing bridal orchids! No, not to stop the bus on the 90-road, just admire on the go.

Rällsjögården, a peasant farm where five generations lived on self-sufficiency. In Rällsjögården's garden, there are still many preserved perennial cultivated plants such as peonies, knight spurs and dahlias. The crawling lilies grow wild on the back.

Knight spurs on Rällsjögården. An inventory of the plants has been made for the Program for Cultivated Diversity, POM. A genuinely unique environment where time has been humbly preserved.

Discount with cultivated plants at Rällsjö farm.

Old peony in Rällsjö.

IN Skallskog we are served hot-grilled herring, homemade crispbread, farm-chopped butter and home-brewed juniper drink at Land-Alice. A washable valley hill on the family mountain pasture where she still grazes mountain cows. What a woman !, I just say.

André took us to one of his favorite places, the slightly inaccessible one Källslätten. Here are the remains of a renaissance garden surrounded by a very old hay and pasture landscape, which today is non-profit maintained by Källslättensförening. The buildings are no longer there, but the garden's terraces and fountains show clear traces of them, as well as centuries-old fruit trees.

A magical atmosphere ensued in the evening sun as we ended the day's experiences by toasting in dry apple cider in the dormant orchard. Up close, the sound of cow springs passed.

Bergvallmoäng hos Hannelotte Kindlund. Hannelotte has a collector's garden with sand and stone areas, woodland, wet beds and peat areas. No one wanted to tear themselves away from Hannelotte's stories about her special varieties, especially in the genera poppy, gentian, anemone, nun and saxifrage.

With a view of the water is Erik Axel Karlfeldt's garden with a large abundance of flowers in meadows and perennial flower beds. Karlfeldtsgården is located on a slope down to Lake Opplimen.

An edge discount of large bluebell. Our guides in Karlfeldtsgården takes us on a tour through garden, time and space.

The gazebo in Karlfeldtsgården with a magnificent discount in Swedish colors.

PHOTO: Karina Brozinic

8 beautiful gardens you must visit this year

British castle parks or romantic kitchen gardens? Here are 8 classic gardens that are all worth a visit.

By Pia Mattsson, Published 2020-01-07 12:13, updated 2020-01-07 14:14

Photo: Getty Images

1. England's most talked about garden - Sissinghurst Castle Garden, England

An icon that has inspired many garden enthusiasts. Europe's most beautiful garden, perhaps? The superlatives are not enough to describe England's most talked about garden. The founders behind this showy creation are author Vita Sackville-West and her husband diplomat Harold Nicolson who put the shovel in the ground after buying the castle in 1930. A perfect garden team where Harold drew up structures and lines for different garden rooms and Vita filled them with romantic flow.

The white garden, best around midsummer, is the most famous of the garden rooms, but each has its own highlight. Lime Walk (lindallén) has its crescendo in the spring with all the bulbs, Cottage Garden blooms fantastically in June. Regardless of the season, the garden's main number is its structures with razor-sharp yew hedges, beautiful stone plants, cut boxwood, walls and old buildings. They are just as impressive all year round.

Open: On the website there is a calendar that shows opening hours month by month.

The rose garden at Sissinghurst is a dream with roses, honeysuckle, figs and vines.

All parts of Sissinghurst's green rooms are stylishly thought out.

2. The Impressionist's Late Summer Dream - Claude Monet's Garden, Giverny, France

Claude Monet was not only a world-famous impressionist, he was also a devoted gardener. He began to build his own garden in 1883. The goal was to create a flowering garden all year round to always have something to paint from. You recognize many of the motifs of the paintings as you walk around his green universe, about 70 km northeast of Paris.

September is a good time to come here even though the water lilies are overblown. The number of visitors is fewer and the garden is lovely with an abundance of sunflowers, dahlias, asters, flowering cress and rose-covered portals. Someone is said to have said that Monet's garden is his greatest work of art.

Open: Daily all year round except Mondays. April 1 – November 1.

In Giverny, in Normandy, is the artist Claude Monet's famous house and garden, where he lived for over 40 years. Geraniums and lovely climbing plants set the style.

The famous water lily pond is located in the water garden, "Jardin d'eau", which is surrounded by teardrops. The water lilies were planted by Monet himself, who was a dedicated gardener.

Greenery gift - Hildasholm, Dalarna

When Queen Victoria's life doctor Axel Munthe married the English society lady Hilda Pennington-Mellor in 1907, he gave his young wife a house in Leksand as a morning present. It became her and their common sons' best summer pleasure for many years. In the associated nature park, Hilda, who is interested in gardening, created thirteen small garden rooms, some near the house, others further out in the park, but all with their own identity and name.

The oldest garden room, "Påfågelträdgården", she created in 1910. Hilda did not use exclusive plants in the garden's various rooms, but everyday flowers in the area. Still, the result was a place so different from other gardens in Dalarna, like an alien bird in the middle of Swedish nature. Thanks to restorations of the garden, begun in the 1960s, today you can enjoy Hilda's lush works with, among other things, beautiful form cuts, tall perennial beds, roses and sculptures. Not to mention the foliage of the lilac. It's magical.

Open: Daily from the beginning of June to August, 10 am - 5 pm. During September: Saturday – Sunday.
Garden guided tours are offered every Wednesday at 2 pm during July. You can also visit the garden on your own.

Daylilies flank "The Submerged Garden". On one side yellow daylily that blooms at midsummer time, opposite brown-red daylily that has its flowering time later in the summer.

The foliage of the lilac leads from the courtyard on Hildasholm to the small forged gate in the wall towards the cemetery. The gate was used by the Munthe family when they went to church on Sundays.

Wisteria and ruins - Ninfa, Sermoneta, Italy

Some describe the place as magical, others think it is fabulous - Ninfa, 60 km south of Rome, has been named by garden experts as the world's most romantic garden. During the Middle Ages, Ninfa was a city plagued by war and several malaria outbreaks and therefore abandoned during the 14th century.

For more than 500 years, the site lay dormant before being gently awakened from its sleep of pink roses and slowly transformed into a park where the historic ruins and stone walls, many overgrown with climbing roses and wild wine, mingle with streams, stone bridges and waters that pass quietly. The most beautiful is the garden at the end of April when the wisteria blooms in large clouds and the branches of the magnolia trees abound with magnificent flowers.

Open: Limited opening hours period April – November.

The atmosphere in Ninfa is magical, and in addition to vegetation and ruins, there is an abundant wildlife with owls, kingfishers, badgers and porcupines that also thrive in this Italian gem.

The park was revived in the 1920s after many hundreds of years of dormancy from the time the city was destroyed in 1382. It was renovated and new trees were planted.

5. John Taylor's magnificent castle park - Tjolöholms Slott, Halland

It is called "Sweden's most British garden" despite the fact that it was designed in 1897 by the architect Lars Israel Wahlman. He was inspired by the strong trend of the time - the Arts and Crafts movement - a reaction to mass-produced large-scale and a craze for solid craftsmanship, according to old traditions. As befits a British castle garden, Tjolöholm's castle now has a real British castle gardener: the nationally known John Taylor. Together with the estate's other skilled gardeners, he works to preserve and develop the castle's magnificent garden, which is characterized by trimmed lawns, trimmed shrubs, lush English-style flower beds, impressive sight lines and a recently restored rose walkway.

The latest addition is a "knot garden" - embroidery garden - based on architect Wahlman's drawings, an important attribute in English castle gardens, but no such one was most likely laid out when the castle was built. Admire the splendor of flowers on your own or with the guidance of knowledgeable gardeners. Or under the exclusive direction of John Taylor himself. Just book!

Open: The castle garden and the park are always open for visits.

The park on Tjolöholm is characterized by its relationship with the wild nature. The tamed garden, with its trimmed lawns and trimmed shrubs, blends elegantly into the surrounding nature. On the sea side of the castle is a "sunken garden" - a sunken part of the garden.

It was popular with advocates of Arts and Crafts to create space in the garden with the help of hedges, walls and shrubbery.

6. Colorful scene for flower lovers - Keukenhof, The Netherlands

Keukenhof is one of Europe's most well-known gardens, and whether you like tulips or not, it is an experience for anyone interested in gardening. "Keukenhof" means kitchen garden and as early as the 15th century, vegetables were grown for the castle kitchen on Teylingen here. Over seven million (!) Flower bulbs, mainly tulips, are planted annually and they give a sumptuous plant splendor from the end of March to the end of May.

In Keukenhof, everything is big. The 15-kilometer-long corridors meander between giant plantations, and something new happens every week. First irises, snowdrops and crocuses bloom, then come the well-known tulips, pearl hyacinths, king bed lilies, imperial crowns and star hyacinths. There are many greenhouses with various flower exhibitions, several restaurants and shops with bulbs for your own garden.

Open: Keukenhof is open from 21 March to 10 May 2020. If you do not want to be crowded, you should be there before 10.30 or after 16.00.

The Keukenhof garden offers a colorful explosion of tulips in different sizes and designs. There is also an English and a historic garden. For those who want to plant tulips at home in their own garden, there is a plethora of bulbs to choose from.

7. Magical palace with hidden green rooms - Alhambra, Granada, Spain

The Alhambra, Granada's Moorish palace, offers a magnificent area with several beautiful gardens. The decorative fountains, the secret courtyards with their well-groomed flower beds and all the small architectural details together create an impressive experience. In Generalife, the area outside the walls of the Alhambra, there is a lot of inspiration for you who want to design your garden with the help of water, paving stones and pots with vegetation.

Open: In 2020, the gardens will be open from 1 April to 14 October.

It is said that the Arab garden is a vision of paradise. In the Alhambra there are several exquisite gardens, fountains and ponds that give a feeling of enchantment.

8. The Japanese Gardens, Funen, Denmark - Japanese oasis on Funen

You do not have to go to Japan to experience a Japanese garden in all its glory. It is enough to get to the Danish island of Fyn where Peter and Anna Dalsgaard have created a Japanese inspiration garden, approved by a garden designer from Kyoto who helped the couple with basic structures when the garden began to be built in 2006. Today, 14 years later, it has grown into a quiet, beautiful oasis, built according to the deep philosophy that Japanese gardens are ultimately about - the different phases of life. In addition to beautiful vegetation, raked stone walkways and streams, there is also a meditation garden, a tea house, a shop and opportunities to enjoy Japanese food.

Open: Daily 1 May – 30 September at 10–18. Closed on Mondays during weeks 18–25 and weeks 34–39.

Over 4,000 trees and more than 16,000 shrubs and other vegetation make it easy to get lost in many beautiful hours here.

Tranquil water glistening and rippling streams, winding paths and small waterfalls meet visitors in the Japanese garden.

Photo: Curt Schröder (NinfA and Sissinghurst), Ingemar Blomqvist (Hildasholm), Will Rose (Tjolöholm), GETTY IMAGES

The story of Bäsna Trädgård

Bäsna garden is owned and run by Kjellåke Östlund. Kjellåke had previously owned a flower shop in Borlänge center for 25 years.

After all the years of working indoors, there was a longing to work outdoors in the garden, an interest that has existed since the age of 5 when he planted his first chives in the sandbox.

In 1987 he heard about a forest hill in Bäsna with an old croft located in an old cowshed. No one had previously wanted to buy the property considering all the sly and dark spruce forest on a damp north slope, no dream location exactly what most people thought.
Kjellåke saw the opportunity to make a restful oasis, primarily for himself and his family. It then took 9 years to get sun into the garden by clearing away large trees, building ponds and footpaths and renovating the house so it became habitable.

The neighbors knew of the great interest in plants and gardens and suggested that it should be a commercial garden, a little for fun, a little seriously. In 1997, sales of pansies and summer plants began on a small scale to villagers, and eventually customers began to come from nearby towns. The range was gradually expanded and today the garden employs 15 people full time from April to October.

Munthes Hildasholm

Hildasholm is a rarity among Dalarna's gardens and is a very valuable addition to the large selection of styles. With its many and varied garden rooms, it is an interesting example of how Hilda, born Pennington-Mellor, translates her native English park ideal into the Nordic landscape.

Hildasholm, formerly known as Stengården, was built by Axel Munthe during the years 1910–1911. According to family tradition, he gives Stengården as a morning present to his wife. After Hilda's death in 1967, the property was named Hildasholm. She is the one who draws and has the garden laid out, which has lasted a whole century.

It is a garden to walk in, with a sequence of garden spaces, each with its own distinct character. The Yellow Garden, the One Garden and The Submerged Garden all have their own theme. The fountain garden is located on a headland in Siljan with Brunnsträdgården located just beyond. To the south there are many different kinds of flowers that give the character of an English garden. In the northern position there are figure-cut spruces.

Hildasholm is created for walks and experiences, views, beautiful nature and winding paths. In the café you can buy a coffee basket and choose a place freely in the garden.

Munthes Hildasholm is protected as a building monument.

Trädgårdslycka is part of the magazine Land and shows tips on planting croft beds, romantic grandmother plants, etc.

Trädgårdslycka is a company operating in Falun and Dalarna that offers garden services such as garden design / garden planning, gardening, courses in garden design and flower arranging, pruning and garden advice

My name is Helena Carlsson and I am a trained florist, gardener and garden designer.

Picture from article in praline in September 2014 and facility on Granvägen in Falun

In my company, I can offer you a complete complete solution for your garden or design of parts in the garden.

Garden planning includes, for example, scale illustration plans / garden drawings that show the design and plant lists that show which plants fit in which place, design language that shows design and layout, room division, choice of materials such as paving and other hardened surfaces, perspective sketches of different parts of the garden etc. I can also make a scaled detailed plan that can be given to a construction company if you are going to do major work with, for example, dust and paving, feel free to order a quote for a more detailed description of the different types of garden planning that I perform.

I have an attitude that it is important to adapt the garden's design based on the user's needs and the conditions of the place, an oasis for rest and relaxation, a place where you can be out and be active or maybe just a nice place where you can be and socialize.

The garden can be seen as an extension of the house and an extra room. What you want from your garden can vary, it can be from that you have bought an old house with a garden that needs to be inventoried and renovated to that you have a brand new house where you have to build and plan from scratch.

Pictures from my stand at Dalarna's garden fair

My education as a gardener I did at Gävle University's gardener program with a focus on health and design. Large parts of the training were held at Wij gardens in Ockelbo.
The health focus on the education included courses in health-promoting gardens and garden therapy and how to adapt a garden environment based on a person's special needs such as various disabilities or dementia. My thesis was a proposal for the design of a schoolyard adapted to the needs of autistic children at the school Skogstäppan in Borlänge. Garden therapy and health promotion work is something that more and more people are opening their eyes to and it is carried out today in some places in the country, including rehabilitation against stress and burnout.

In the education's other focus, design, we have, among other things, received training in drawing and designing gardens and green environments based on people's different needs. When designing a garden, it is important to start from the conditions of the place and that the plants that are planned in thrive in that place in terms of location, soil, etc. When designing, it is also important to adapt the green environment to who will use it. My goal with Trädgårdslycka is, among other things, to be able to satisfy people's different wishes about what they want out of their garden and I believe that people will have an increasing need for green environments and to be close to nature and the garden.

During my education I had the opportunity to practice in a garden called Nymans Gardens in England. During practice, I also visited other famous gardens such as Sissinghurst garden and Great Dixter. England is a wonderful inspiration when it comes to design language, room division, perennial flower beds, shape cutting of shrubs and a tradition of having an organized garden near the house and a wilder garden the further away you get from the house.

Gardens in Dalarna - garden

Tusen Trädgårdar - Sweden's largest garden show. A unique garden day open to everyone!

RIGHT NOW: On the occasion of Covid-19 (27/5 2020)
Thousand Gardens - Sweden's largest garden show will be over.
Our ambition is to continue to implement Tusen Trädgårdar on 28 June.
Thousand Gardens 2020 will be organized in a safe way and follow the public health authority's recommendations regarding Covid 19. All so that as many as possible throughout the country will have the chance to enjoy garden joy even a year like this.
Soon we will post instructions and recommendations to corona-secure the garden view and give tips for both garden owners and visitors. An information package for the participating garden owners will be available for download from the website well in advance of the event.
The corona pandemic affects us all and requires adaptation. We follow the reporting on the corona pandemic closely and follow and act on the basis of official sources and decisions made on the issue. See Folhälsomyndigheten. Thus, there may be rapid changes around the event. Always stay updated on the website for current information.
You are very welcome to register your garden at If you need help with any deregistration or have questions, you are of course welcome to contact us at [email protected]
Steering group for Thousand Gardens
Riksförbundet Svensk Trädgård, Studiefrämjandet and Gunnel Carlson

Together we can curb the infection!
Here are some important things that everyone can do:

  • Stay home even if you just feel a little cold.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep a distance from others both indoors and outdoors.
  • If you are in a risk group, it is extra important that you limit your social contacts and avoid places where people gather.

(4/5 2020) We do NOT cancel, we adjust IF!
A thousand gardens in 2020 will be implemented - in some form.
With a Coronavirus affecting our everyday lives throughout our country, we need to think about when it comes to an event as large as Thousand Gardens. We safeguard your safety and take our national responsibility to reduce the spread of infection in the country. We will implement Thousand Gardens, but not as usual, but in a Corona-secured format.
Gardening and cultivation ARE a big and important part of our lives and for many citizens in our elongated country. For many, therefore, spring is a fantastic time and the garden or cultivation plot is a sanctuary and a paradise for pleasurable cultivation, knowledge exchange and reflection. Tusen Trädgårdar is an event that many have longed for for a long period and for us it is valuable to see all the commitment and inspiration that abounds in all our channels, both on the website, on Instagram, and in the Facebook group Tusen Trädgårdar.
We main organizers know that Tusen Trädgårdar is an engaging and valuable event that shows the diversity of gardens in our country, where everyone can participate and share their paradise, where we get inspiration and exchange knowledge, thoughts and ideas with other interested parties. Therefore, we have made the decision that: "We do NOT cancel, we adjust IF".
This means that we need to review how a Corona-secured Thousand Gardens can be implemented. In the next few weeks, we will make a plan for this and will return with information about the format of this year's event. 2020 IS NOT AN ORDINARY YEAR, we already know that. Plans change and fun things are set. That must be the case. But A Thousand Gardens WILL BE IT and a 10 year celebration. We promise! You can continue to register your garden on the website until the last registration day, 1 June. We keep you constantly updated. Keep an eye on for the latest information. If you have any questions, you are of course welcome to contact us at [email protected]
With warm green greetings, Gunnel Carlson, the Swedish Garden Association and Studiefrämjandet

Cultivate hope and reap joy all together. See you!

A Thousand Gardens 2020!
On Sunday 28 June 2020, it's time for Sweden's largest garden show.
Then garden owners around the country open up to the public for a whole day.

  • What: Thousand Gardens - an open garden tour throughout the country
  • When: June 28, 2020
  • Registration opens: after the turn of the year (Feb). Deadline for registration: 1 June
  • Here you will find all the gardens:
  • Main organizers: Riksförbundet Svensk Trädgård, Studiefrämjandet, Gunnel Carlsons Trädgårdsriket. Collaborating partner: The Society of Garden Amateurs
  • Main sponsor: Hasselfors Garden / Other sponsors: Impecta, Blomsterlandet

The goal of Tusen Trädgårdar is to show the breadth of cultivation interest in Sweden and everyone is welcome to open up to their paradise and offer their passion for cultivation and gardening. Everyone is welcome to participate!
Sweden's largest nationwide garden event, Tusen Trädgårdar, attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors across the country in 2018. Over a thousand gardens opened up to the public. A real folk festival! We hope that as many as possible hang on. 2020 will be a bit of an anniversary as it is 10 years since the start in 2010. Read the press release here