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  • Woman in a flower shop

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

Road trip to three beautiful gardens

A tour of three verdant visitor gardens providing a truly magical experience. Explore Nyhagens Garden, Sammels Farm and Björnhyltans Garden – three green oases in the heart of Västergötland in West Sweden, complete with shopping, sights, farm cafes, restaurants and delicious local produce.

Click here to get to the map for this road trip!

The green gardens at the heart of Västergötland

It doesn’t matter in what order you decide to visit the green gardens of Västergötland. Start your road trip to either Sammels Farm in Landvetter, Nyhagens Garden in Skene or Björnhyltans Garden in Ambjörnarp - the next one is just around the corner...

Just 25 minutes by car from Gothenburg going towards Borås lies the green oasis that is Sammels Farm, where your welcome will be resplendent. Cascades of colour and gorgeous scents from the lush flower beds, laden berry and fruit plantations, a well-stocked greenhouse, vegetable plots, and a meditative herb filled kitchen garden! Borders and bushes are prettily enclosed by the rustic stone wall built when the surrounding fields were cleared. Enjoy the magnificent beds as you wander along the gravel paths, explore the greenhouse and the orchards, and pet the farm cats and hens.

  • Women at Sammels Farm

    Photographer: Monika Manowska / Sammels Lantgård

  • Sammels Farm

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

  • Sammels Farm

    Photographer: Monika Manowska / Sammels Lantgård

  • Women at Sammels Farm

    Photographer: Monika Manowska / Sammels Lantgård

  • Sammels Farm

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

There’s a fine selection of mouth-watering home baked cakes in the cosy greenhouse café, and you can choose to eat in, or outside in the garden. You can also pre-book both guided tours and courses. The farm’s beehives keep the shop in wonderful honey and the shelves are stocked with tempting seasonal veg, fruit, berries, juice, beeswax products and preserves.

Nursery with art and outlets in the Textile District

The tour continues through the Textile District of Mark towards Nyhagens Garden in Berghem, near Skene. On the way you’ll pass the historic Kvarnen I Hyssna Mill and Kasthalls Factory Shop, where you might pick up one of their internationally renowned hand woven rugs at a bargain price.

  • Rolls of different cloth

    Photographer: Jonas Ingman

  • Kvarnen i Hyssna

    Photographer: Gert Olsson / Kvarnen i Hyssna

  • Photographer: Superstudio / Kasthall

Nyhagens Garden and Nursery is surrounded by pretty fields and a leafy woodland area. This visitor garden is perfect if you’re looking for green tips for your own garden. Be inspired by beautiful magnolias, clematis and perennials, and wander freely through the kitchen garden with its raised beds, fruit trees and berry bushes.

It’s a delight to stroll round the garden and discover the ceramic art that has been tastefully placed around. The artwork is available to buy in the shop and makes an ideal gift to yourself or someone else. The nursery’s plant selection and large choice of magnolias are much sought after.

  • People visiting Nyhagens Garden

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

  • People visiting Nyhagens Garden

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

  • Photographer: Emma Häggberg

  • Ekelunds Linneväveriet i Horred

    Photographer: Jonas Ingman

And while you’re in the area a visit to Ekelunds Linen Mill is a must. It’s Sweden’s oldest weaving mill and has become a popular attraction, with guided tours, outlet shop, museum, and café.

Shopping village, 17th century manor and textile museums aplenty

Our green tour then heads for Björnhyltans Garden, situated between Svenljunga and Tranemo. If you choose road 41 via the textile and design town Borås the journey will take you through Kinna’s cultural landscapes. You can visit both Rydals Museum, with Sweden’s oldest working spinning mill, and Lydde Gård – a former yarn merchant’s manor which is now an organic hotel in idyllic countryside. In Borås itself you’ll find the Textilmuseet, Scandinavia’s leading museum of textiles, with fascinating exhibitions and inspiring workshops covering textile fashion, design and art.

Unmissable destinations on the way to Björnhyltans Garden include the Glasets Hus glassworks and museum in Limmared, the 17th century manor Torpa Stenhus, and Gällstad shopping village – a popular outlet with major brands at mini prices.

  • Photographer: David Márquez / Rydals Museum

  • Photographer: Rydals Museum

  • Dubbelroom at Lydde Gård.

    Photographer: Jan Olsson / Lydde gård

  • Manikins with clothes from Versace.

    Photographer: Textilmuseet

  • Photographer: Jonas Ingman

  • Photographer: Jonas Ingman / Torpa Stenhus

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    Photographer: Jonas Ingman

Exotic Mediterranean plants and incredible edibles

Björnhyltans Garden is a sensory experience awash with masses of colour, form and scent. This bucolic farm has existed for around a hundred years surrounded by fields, dry stone walls and arable land. You’ll feel immediately welcome in the visitor garden, with a Mediterranean themed glasshouse at its heart, as well as a flower garden, kitchen and herb garden, farm shop and inspiring courses.

Paved walkways and winding gravel paths cross the flower garden, taking you past scented roses, pretty perennials and fruit trees. Around the barn you’ll be met by hens and sheep, and the magnificent “Room for Life” glasshouse where the focus is on organic edibles. Vegetables grow in rows next to herbs, berries and flowers. You’ll definitely feel inspired by the many growing tips you’ll pick up for your own garden! The vines, fig and olive trees in the Room for Life give the whole experience an exotic Mediterranean feel and provide an oasis where you can eat your own picnic or a delicious farmhouse ice cream.

  • Gardner at Björnhyltans Garden

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

  • Gardner at Björnhyltans Garden

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

  • Gardner at Björnhyltans Garden

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

  • Gardner at Björnhyltans Garden

    Photographer: Monika Manowska

  • The garden at Björnhyltans Garden.

    Photographer: Lotta Wendefors

Before you leave make sure you visit the farm shop, where you can buy fresh vegetables picked that day, fruit, and also gardening equipment, because maybe these garden experiences have sown seeds about growing your own bounteous garden.

Click here to get to the map for this road trip!