Thursday, February 28, 2008
Gardens of Gothenburg
Experience the Best of Scandinavian Design at the Gardens of Gothenburg in the summer of 2008. Start making plans today to visit what promises to be the great horticultural experience of 2008! June 28 –September 28 will see four key sites in the city of Gothenburg in West Sweden play host to thousands of garden lovers from Scandinavia and abroad.
Four stunning but highly diverse parks will each play a part in the Gardens of Gothenburg Exhibition. Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Gunnebo House and Gardens, Liseberg Park and the Garden Society of Gothenburg (Trädgårdsföreningen) each will offer a totally different experience for visitors and there will be something of interest for amateur gardeners, horticultural academics and even those with a mere window box to tend to.
Horticultural purists will make a dash for the city’s famous Botanical Garden – a place of beauty and learning with more than 20,000 different species of plants. During the exhibition visitors will be greeted by a piazza full of greenery set in stone borders by Ulf Nordfjell. Also his Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning Tribute to Linnaeus Garden has found its resting place here. The exhibition will showcase lots of new perennials including a special focus on Dahlias both wild and cultivated. Summer flowers will take pride of place in a flowering setting in the newly designed main entrance area. All will bid a colourful welcome to visitors who come to the lectures, admire the award winning rockery or just to gaze at the wonder of the special carnivorous plant exhibition.
Gunnebo House & Gardens invite you to view an eighteenth century park in a modern light. The House and grounds are all intact, carefully restored and recreated as close to the architect’s original blueprints as possible, and considered as one of the foremost neo-classical country estates in Northern Europe. The house boasts three styles of gardens, kitchen garden, formal garden and landscaped parkland. The formal garden will feature decorative elements which are true to the Gustavian period. Temporary light installations and concerts will add a contemporary touch.
Previous visitors to Gothenburg will no doubt associate Liseberg Park with fun fair rides and Christmas markets but Gardens of Gothenburg 2008 will present this iconic city park in a new light, with a greater emphasis on the beauty of the natural landscape. Along with the already popular Promenade Park, Gardens of Gothenburg will unveil 20,000 square metres of previously undeveloped park land, a collaboration of Swedish and English landscape architects. This area will be transformed into an exciting area of natural beauty giving room for the visitor’s own imagination and interpretations.
Ulf Nordfjell is the exhibition architect for the gardens at the Garden Society of Gothenburg (Trädgårdsföreningen), where there is a truly international presence with designers from Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Germany all putting their individual stamp on gardens and woodlands.
The Garden Society has been an ornamental garden since 1842. For 2008 preservation, reconstruction and renewal is in focus. During the exhibition the aim is to offer visitors a journey through time in a park currently being restored to its former glory but with some contemporary additions such as a modern rose park designed by Ulf and consisting of old fashioned roses in meadows of perennials and grasses.