Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Scandinavian Sojourn: Bergianska trädgården, Stockholm

Continuing on with my garden visits from the last couple of months - after my research stint in Paris, my mom and I took a little trip to Oslo and Stockholm. We did not manage to make it to Oslo's lovely Botanisk hage on this visit but in Stockholm we did fit in a visit to the Bergianska trädgården. In the outside sections of the garden, the bodies of water were frozen and there was a thin layer of snow on the ground but the first few signs of spring were just beginning to appear in the form of winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) and timely flowers on the February daphne (Daphne mezereum). Inside, in the Edvard Andersons växthus, we were wowed by the fantastic floral displays. The main dome of the greenhouse complex, dedicated to Mediterranean flora, even features a small vineyard, and has sections dedicated specifically to the flora of South Africa, Australia, and Madeira and the Canary Islands, as well as a hedge of many different varieties of camellias. Further houses contain tropical plants and crop plants.

February daphne (Daphne mezereum) blooming at the edge of a floral lake

A very fragrant Chinese witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis)

View towards the greenhouses

In the Edvard Andersons växthus

 The miniature vineyard and an olive tree

One of many Camellia japonica cultivars

Part of the Mediterranean decor

A particularly precious narcissus

The cutest peach tree

Chilean bellflower or copihue (Lapageria rosea) in a side wing largely dedicated to ferns and foliage

Thunbergia mysorensis in the tropical section

One of several varieties of rice in the crop section

A picture-perfect little pineapple (Ananas comosus)

The gorgeous Coelogyne cristata

The state of cultivation of the plantings inside the greenhouse was absolutely fantastic and they were lovingly laid out for visual effect. Moreover, the sheer variety of species and varieties, including all kinds of rare and unusual ones, was surprising considering the relatively modest size of the complex. There is also counter that sells coffee, tea, and wonderful cakes, and visitors can have their repast while sitting among the plants or looking out over them.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful and interesting place! The camellia is really awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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