Today again went on a train journey, swishing through the Swedish countryside, eventually ending up in Stockholm. Am about to go on another field trip learning as much as I possibly can about plants. This time perennial and annual blooms as well as ornamental grasses. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden happened to be en route. It was a glorious day, the city was showing itself from its most advantageous side and there was a real buzz about the place. As soon as hotel check-in was over and done with, there was no option but to go out and about exploring garden delights of Stockholm. A few glimpses are seen here.
Just around the corner I found the Centralbadet park. What a little gem this is – can highly recommend a visit if you happen to be around. No wonder it has such a great garden ambience as it was the home and work of garden architect Carl Hårleman in the 18th century. Some of the older trees in the grounds are thought to be remnants from his days.
I strolled further and came across Humlegården, a park surrounding Sweden’s Royal Library. A person with great knowledge about park content (ie plants) was Carl von Linné. How appropriate there’s a giant statue of him in this spot. The park was heaving when I was there, people having jolly good summer fun.
I was in Stockholm some years ago and walked til I almost dropped. This time around I did not venture too far from base. St Jacob’s Church happened to be within reach I fortunately discovered. Stunning building with a neat little cemetery/garden to the side.
Another find was a striking sculpture by Carl Eldh of his friend August Strindberg in Tegnérlunden, This is a so called hilltop park constructed in the late 19th century according to design ideals of the time. Meandering paths amidst mature trees and flower borders ensure a pleasant walk to the top. Where you will be able to admire the said sculpture.
In spite of little available time It was a good walkabout today, I enjoyed it!