May 26 - June 10, 2018 (16 days)
With Vancouver horticulturalists Egan Davis.
Charming cities, spectacular gardens of ancient estates, castles, historic museums and progressive gardening await us in Scandinavia.
Places: Uppsala - Malmo - Helsingborg - Stockholm - Halmstad - Gothenburg
We board our flight to Copenhagen.
We arrive in the afternoon, transfer to hotel and have some time to relax before dinner. (D)
On today’s City Tour we will explore the history and beauty of the city, passing highlights such as the Amalienborg Palace, dramatic waterfront Opera and of course we'll visit the city's best-known mascot, the Little Mermaid. After time for lunch on your own we will have a guided tour of Tivoli gardens. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure until dinner. (B,D)
The Tivoli Gardens has enchanted visitors from across the globe since its rst season in 1843. Nestled like a fairytale village in the heart of the city, the gardens offer something to visitors of every age. While widely known for its bustling amusement park, more sophisticated delights abound, including the Hanging Garden and Japanese Garden.
This morning we have a special tour of the University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden. The rest of the day is free to enjoy some of Copenhagen's beautiful neighborhoods and entertainments. Perhaps wander around Gammer Strand, admire the gabled houses of picturesque Christianshaven, take a short canal boat cruise, visit the National Museum or plan an evening at the theater or opera. This evening you can sample the rich nightlife and dining options of this elegant and cosmopolitan capital. (B)
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN BOTANICAL GARDEN
This research-based institute in the heart of Copenhagen houses the country's largest collection of living plants and has three gene banks. Part of the Natural History Museum, the garden serves to develop the scientific collections of living and preserved plants and fungi from across the globe, making them and the affiliated literature and research available to further understanding, and promoting interest and conservational values globally.
After breakfast we depart for Hillerod to tour scenic Frederiksborg Castle. Started in the 16th century, it is an excellent example o Renaissance and Baroque architecture. We will see some of the exquisite staterooms and the Baroque Castle Park created in 1850, with its canals, winding paths, and artificial lakes. Next we travel to Oresund to visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and its sculpture garden. Returning to Copenhagen, the evening is at leisure. (B)
LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART GARDENS
The landscaped grounds of the museum are sited on a plateau sloping towards Oresund with sweeping vistas to the sea. Dominated by huge, ancient specimen trees, the sculptures by a variety of leading artists such as Joan Miro, Max Ernst and Henry Moore are strategically placed in harmony with sightlines from the Museum, the landscape and the wider environment.
We leave Denmark and travel via the monumental 8km Oresun Bridge ( 8km ) and the 4km Drogden Tunnel to Sweden. Near Malm we will have a tour of Katrinetorp Manor before ending the day in the city. Following check-in we will gather for dinner. (B,D)
Set in lush, idyllic surroundings near the Oresund Bridge, the Manor was built at the beginning of the 1800s for a wealthy local merchant family. Situated in a country estate comprised of Formal, Rose, Kitchen and Conservatory gardens and an English landscape park, it is one of the best-preserved Empire style manors in Sweden.
An introductory tour will acquaint us with the city, its best-known landmarks and distinctive architecture. Most notable of these is architect Santiago Calatrava’s 190m Turning Torso, a gleaming tower n the Western Harbour which spirals through a full 90 degrees from the base to top. Western Harbour is a residential area reclaimed from industry which rewards further exploration of its winding alleyways, interesting architecture and marina. The rest of the day is devoted to the Malmö Garden Show and we meet up again for dinner. (B,D)
MALMÖ GARDEN SHOW
Malmö is the biggest city in Southern Sweden, often known as the city of parks. Behind magnificent Malmöhus Castle, Scandinavia's oldest surviving Renaissance castle is the castle garden which accommodates the celebrated garden show. Throughout the Slottsträdgården, you'll enjoy beautiful balcony and garden exhibitions, ingenious design ideas and leading trends from top garden designers, a Garden Market and a Children's Garden Show. You may even get involved at one of the inspiring workshops.
We have a beautiful loop tour today as we visit the pretty town of Kiivik and the charming Ulriksdals Trädgård. Known for its annual market and trade in herring and apples, Kivik is also notably site of a 3,000-year-old Bronze Age tomb which is the largest circular burial site in Sweden. We then proceed to Hovdala Manor and Orangery and then tour Wanas Castle and Gardens. (B)
A garden in 1800s English style, replete with pond and island gazebo, babbling brook, open lawns, enclosures surrounded by rare trees, a small orchard, rockery, woodland, and kitchen gardens and a nursery specializing in hellebores, maples and magnolias. It has grown to encompass more than 100 different genera and more than 500 different species and varieties and often a little unusual for Swedish conditions. A comprehensive compendium can be accessed for more information on the more than 400 different labeled plants found throughout.
HOVDALA MANOR AND ORANGERIE
Home to the Ehrenborg family from 1665 to 1981, Hovdala Castle has a Park (Slottspark) and Castle Garden (Slottsträdgård), a Kitchen Garden enclosed by a hornbeam hedge and a late 18th century Orangery. The Kitchen Garden was restored by landscape architect Barbara Johnson and supplies fresh food for the Hovdala restaurant. Plantings are selected according to both cultural and historical criteria at this beautifully restored estate.
WANAS CASTLE AND GARDENS
The Wanås estate consists of a white castle in elegant medieval Danish style, an organic milk farm, forests, pastures, and farmland, art gallery, shop, cafe, and sculpture park. Located northeastern Skåne, until the late 17th century this was a war- torn Danish-Swedish borderland region. Wanås is now famed for its contemporary arts outreach programs and exhibitions. Initially focused on site-specific sculptures and installations from Nordic countries and the US, their mandate has expanded to showcase top artists from around the world and in artistic disciplines as diverse as design, dance, architecture, text, and science. Annually since 1987, international artists have been invited to create art in the Park, and a permanent collection of over 50 works produced specifically for Wanås represent artists such as Jacob Dahlgren, Dan Graham, Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Ann Hamilton, Henrik Håkansson, Jan Håfstrom, Jenny Holzer, Per Kirkeby, Marianne Lindberg De Geer, Srinivasa Prasad, Yoko Ono, Ann-So Sidén and Robert Wilson.
We depart Malmö to visit Sofiero Palace with its luscious Gardens in Helsingborg and Fredriksdal Museum and Gardens. In the afternoon we head to Halmstad and there visit the Piet Oudolf-designed Juvelen, Jungfrun and Vallas pocket parks. Then we proceed to Gothenburg, check in and enjoy dinner. (B,D)
SOFIERO PALACE GARDENS
Sofiero was founded as a summer palace in 1864, but the garden took on a leading role when given as a wedding present to Prince Gustaf Adolf and his new wife Margareta from England. During her time at Sofiero, Princess Margareta expanded the gardens, planting new owerbeds and building stone walkways. After her death in 1920 and even after becoming king, Gustaf Adolf continued to take a keen interest in developing the castle gardens, and rhododendrons in particular. Richly decked with rhododendron blossoms in the Spring, the gardens are a huge draw and visiting an annual tradition for many. Drawing tens of thousands of visitors each year, Sofiero was named Europe’s most beautiful park in 2010 and is one of Sweden's most popular destinations.
To honour Sofiero's 150th Jubilee a new 2,000m2 garden was inaugurated June 6, 2016. The Jubilee Garden designed by Mona Wembling is a place of inspiration, relaxation and innovative garden design.
FREDRIKSDAL MUSEUM & GARDENS
One of the largest Open Air Museums in the country, this hidden gem features a 10th-century mansion, historical buildings and a working farm spread out over several gardens, parks, and fields. The collections include botanical gardens featuring regional owers and plants, a spectacular collection of roses, and historical kitchen and herb gardens.
JUVELEN, JUNGFRUN, VALLAS PARKS
These three parks in Halmstad showcase the work of Piet Oudolf, an influential Dutch garden designer, nurseryman and author. He is a leading gure of the New Perennial movement, employing bold drifts of herbaceous perennials and grasses which are chosen and much for their structure as for their flower color.
A City Tour will introduce us to the highlights of this beautiful city, with its 17th-century canals. The afternoon is dedicated to the Gothenburg Botanical Garden. (B,D)
GOTHENBURG BOTANICAL GARDEN
Gothenburg Botanical Garden is one of the largest in Europe, covering 175 hectares (430 acres) of varied topography, much of which is nature reserve. On the site of a great country estate named Stora Änggården, construction of the vast gardens owes much to donations and gifts of land since its conception. Work on the gardens began in 1916, the Woodlands opened to the public in 1919 and the cultivated gardens in 1923. Around 16,000 species can be found in its 40 acres of cultivated gardens, amongst which are largest collection of tropical orchids in Sweden, carnivorous plants and such rarities as the Easter Island tree, Sophora toromiro, which is extinct in the wild. The award-winning Rock Garden boasts two Michelin stars, but the Rhododendron Valley, Japanese Glade, Kitchen Garden, Arboretum and the Green Houses all deserve a visit. There is also an Art Gallery, Shop, Restaurant and Cafeteria.
A Swedish designer shows us how to walk on the wild side! Thousand of rare wild owners have been painstakingly collected and given new home in Peter Korn's carefully constructed garden wilderness evoking their native Alpine and Himalayan sites. It will be a )fascinatin look at otherwise inaccessible plants and innovative gardening techniques. Egan Davis has designed a wonderful day and will open your eyes to new possibilities. After our visit there the evening is a leisure to explore Gothenburg's dining and entertainment options. (B)
PETER KORN'S GARDEN
Peter Korn has transformed his 12-acre property in to a garden that attracts visitors from around the world. Inspired by his plant hunting trips to the Caucasus and elsewhere in the world, Peter has moved hundreds of thousands of tons of soil and boulders by hand to create this magical space with a boggling plant inventory of 20,000, many of which were wild-collected. He grows some of the most rare alpine and temperate plants with an intuition that stems from an inspiring passion. His success as a gardener can also be attributed to his progressive gardening techniques. Peter’s garden is 100% sand and gravel. He has removed all of the soil in his garden and replaced it with sand to replicate the conditions that he has observed in the wild. In this way, plants grow lean and hard. They require no water or fertilizer and the growth is healthy. At Peter Korn’s Garden, you will be inspired by beauty, see rare plants from around the world and see gardening techniques that will amaze you.
After busy days of exploring gardens and cities, today we can sit back and enjoy vistas of the Swedish countryside unfolding before us as we travel along Lake Vattern toward the capital. We'll enjoy a few refreshing stops including time for lunch on your own before we close the day with our arrival in Stockholm and dinner. (B,D)
Stockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. On today’s City Tour we will learn bout the history, enjoy views from different island vantage points, see great buildings from the Palace to the Opera and visit the suburb f Skärholmen to see another of Piet Oudolf’s award-winning small public Perennial Park designs. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the centre of Stockholm, where many of the city's attractions are within walking distance. Maybe wander through Djurgarden or the Skansen Open Air Museum. With its 750 year history and rich culture, Stockholm offers a wide selection of world-class museums and attractions. (B)
We visit the university town of Uppsala with a focus on Carl Linnaeus, botanist and father of modern taxonomy as we visit the garden at the University of Uppsala Botanical Garden. The 500-year old University has the management of three Linnaeus Gardens. We will tour the main garden and, time permitting, perhaps one of the satellite gardens before we return to the capital in time for dinner. (B,D)
UNIVERSITY OF UPPSALA BOTANICAL GARDEN
Founded in 1655 it is the oldest botanical garden in Sweden, and still serves both the public and the academic community as a living plant museum for its 8,000 species. Highlights include the Baroque Garden, 200-year old Orangery, Tropical Greenhouse and Alpine plant collection. 18th-century Professor Carl Linneus will be front and centre today as we pay tribute to the Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist who formalized the modern system of naming organisms called binomial nomenclature.
Home to the world's only preserved 17th-century ship, the unique Vasa Museum is our first stop. Then we conclude our horticultural tour with a visit to the Stockholm Botanical garden and draw our adventure to a close with a Farewell Dinner. (B,D)
STOCKHOLM BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Bergius Botanic Garden is managed by Stockholm University and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Bergius Foundation, and aims to spread knowledge about biodiversity and botany and provide research material. The Director of research here bears the title Professor Bergianus. Designed on scienti c principles when it was moved to its current site in 1885, it is comprised of phytogeographical regions, systematic sections, mountain- shaped rockeries, the Victoria House and the Victoria Pond.
Today we transfer to airport for our flight home. (B)
Depending on interest, a two-night Extension with a train journey Stockholm – Oslo might be offered. June 10 – 12, 2018