I’m in Malmö, in the most southern part of Sweden, to do courses (field trips) in plant knowledge. The courses actually take part just outside the city but this is where I stay. I’ve been to Malmö before, but that was in winter. Now in late May it’s quite a different scene, which obviously has to do with the season. I took a stroll over to Slottsträdgården (Castle Garden) to soak up some summer ambience. The Malmö Garden Show is opening this weekend, there’s fierce activity going on getting everything ready. Lucky for me, it being a somewhat drizzly day, visitors are few and far between.
Slottsträdgården is very centrally located, immediately behind the castle Malmöhus. The garden has an area of about 12,000 square meters and consists of several smaller gardens designed with different styles and features. There are for example a kitchen garden, orchard garden, rose garden, perennial garden, Japanese garden as well as a greenhouse. The concept of ecology is of central importance to Slottsträdgården, seen through the use of organic/biological cultivation methods, cyclical thinking and environmentally friendly products.
The Castle Garden is based on an initiative by some enthusiastic Malmö garden lovers. They came up with the idea to create an ecological garden in the mid 1990s. A few years later, their idea became reality and they began to create a new garden at the grounds of the former municipal tree nursery at the foot of the fortress.
Slottsträdgården is open all year round, the castle garden cafe only from early April too late October. This is a garden that looks magnificent and is also built on green principles. If you are around, do pay a visit.