“This time of year, the Smithska Valley is at its most beautiful. The rhododendron is in full bloom, and we arrange guided walks through the garden through all of June,” says Anders Stålhand, head gardener at Gothenburg Botanical Garden. “What amazes many visitors is how close to wild nature you get here despite being in the heart of the city. The Smithska Valley is that wildness turned up to 11 – we’ve even had to reinforce the fencing to prevent wild boar from coming in and eating the bulbs and plants. We get the odd moose too.” The Gothenburg Botanical Garden was founded in 1923 with the aim of presenting botany and biodiversity to the public in a beautiful way.