I’m not sure how many times I’d walked past this garden before one day, I had a lightbulb moment. Realising that this was in fact a modern walled garden. Walled gardens are common in many countries, often with origins in medieval convent architecture. What I’m referring to here is what many of us are familiar with, the traditional English walled garden an icon in garden design.
This modern walled garden is located in an upmarket housing area in Sannegårdshamnen, Gothenburg, Sweden. This was once upon a time wharf area. When industry collapsed, eventually housing moved in. Outside the frame of these pics, there are majestic waterviews. One reason to keep the surrounding wall low. Which by the way is made from granite rock, not brick as is the traditional material.
As can be seen in the photographs, all the ingredients of a traditional walled garden is there for everyone to take note. Why did it take so long for me to get the message? I feel rather stupid. Blooms comprise, for example, roses, lavender, salvia and hellebores. There’s a pergola covered in a climber, the trees are Tilia cordata. I think the creators of this garden have done a fantastic job with their reinterpretation.