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  • People visiting Nyhagens Garden

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

Inspiring gardens in West Sweden

There is a huge diversity of gardens to visit in West Sweden, from grand manor gardens to small patches of cultivated land. The abundance of variation through the seasons and the farm shops' range of local produce, arts and crafts never cease to amaze visitors. Using the digital guide Trädgårdsresan (The Garden journey), you can get more inspiration and tips on green events and the best times to visit the gardens when they are at their most beautiful.

West Sweden's rich diversity

The different qualities of the landscapes epitomise the dynamic diversity of West Sweden, and almost all of Sweden's plant zones are represented here. Bohuslän, Dalsland and Västergötland have three completely different characters: coast, forests and meadows. Garden enthusiasts often talk about the Coastline & Cottage Gardens in Bohuslän, Woodland in Dalsland and Meadow in Västergötland. The essence of West Sweden gardens are their summer meadow flowers, honeysuckle, roses, lilac arbours and tough perennials. The granite and water of Bohuslän are also natural features in many gardens.

Simon Irvine is the gardener and designer who has worked for 30 years at Lilla Slottsträdgården (The Little Castle Garden) at Läckö Slott in Lidköping. Emily Bratt is the gardener who runs En annan slags trädgård (A Different Kind of Garden) on the island of Tjörn in Bohuslän.

  • Photographer: Faramarz

  • The gardener Emily Bratt - En annan slags trädgård.

    Photographer: Jonatan Fernström

  • Beautiful view over a garden and the sea in Tjörn.
Emily Bratt - En annan slags trädgård

    Photographer: Jonatan Fernström

  • The garden at Läckö Castle

How do you get the best out of West Sweden's large amount of variation?

“It feels natural for me to highlight the character of Bohuslän, which is all around me and is what I wake up to every morning,” says Emily. “This means lush meadows with reeds and meadowsweet, mixed forest, stone walls, the sea, junipers and lots of honeysuckle. The garden is an extension of my home and it is a constant source of creativity and creative joy.”

“The further east you go from the coast, inland and towards the Dalsland woodlands, the more soil there is for cultivation,” says Simon. “The castle garden at Läckö Slott is on a hill, but we have the whole of lake Vänern as a reservoir. Everything we grow in the castle garden goes to our restaurants where guests can taste these local delicacies on the spot!”

Read the full article HERE!

The green treasure map

The association called Svenska Trädgårdar i Väst (Gardens in West Sweden) has created an interactive treasure map of gardens that are open to the public in West Sweden. The platform is called Trädgårdsresan (The Garden Journey) and is a digital guide to our open gardens. The British equivalent of Trädgårdsresan is The Yellow Book: a very detailed and well-illustrated book describing thousands of gardens you can visit in England and Wales. Garden enthusiasts all over the world often refer to the Yellow Book as the "Bible of gardens".

You’ll find West Sweden's gardens at manor houses and farms, in garden landscapes and cultural environments. The list also includes a number of smaller private gardens. The sheer diversity of the region's cultivated areas are bound to inspire and amaze visitors. You can enjoy afternoon coffee with delicious home-baked cakes or an organic lunch among roses and fruit trees and then browse among a farm shop’s goods, arts and crafts.

  • Couple in a garden

    Photographer: Anna Hållams

  • Woman visiting Sammels Farm

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

  • Photographer: Lina Ikse Bergman

  • Green house at Björnhyltans Garden.

    Photographer: Lotta Wendefors

  • Two women visiting Jonsereds Gardens

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

From manor gardens to small garden-patches

Everything from well-groomed manor gardens to small garden-patches and themed green areas. Gardens that cultivate the season’s plants “from farm to table” include Läckö Slottsträdgård and Gunnebo Slott och Trädgårdar - both of which are in the White Guide and A Taste of West Sweden.
Kosters Trädgårdar and Björnhyltans Trädgård in Svenljunga both have a plant nursery and their own farm shops where you can buy seasonal vegetables and refined products.   To embrace the idea of sustainable agriculture, Kosters Gardens runs its small-scale cultivation along the principles of permaculture.
The popular Trädgårdsföreningen/The Garden Society of Gothenburg and Sundsby Säteri (Sundsby Manor) on Tjörn both have historical gardens in exciting cultural environments. Nyhagens Trädgård in the municipality of Mark has plants and garden items for sale, as well as arts and crafts goods.
Read the article "10 West Sweden gardens to visit" HERE!

  • People visiting Nyhagens Garden

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

  • Plates with food and glases with something to drink

    Photographer: Fotograf Synøve Dreyer

  • Crafts at Nyhagens Garden

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

  • Photographer: Lina Ikse

  • Photographer: Cinna Axelsson

There is a wide selection of products and activities in the open gardens of West Sweden. From the early produce in the spring to the big celebrations of the autumn’s harvests, you’ll find yourself on a wonderful botanical journey all through the year!