Norrviken Gardens: A floral escape from the city
By Alejandra Cerda Ojensa | Photos: Norrviken Gardens
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit the beautiful Norrviken Gardens outside of the city of Båstad. Renowned for its beautiful themed gardens, views and luxurious parties, Norrviken Gardens has a long and colourful history.
At Norrviken Gardens you will journey from the mystical to the minimalistic and colourful. The garden was founded over 100 years ago by only child Rudolf Abelin, who always dreamt of becoming a gardener.
Though his upper-class family disapproved of his career, Rudolf’s passion for flowers, plants, fruit trees and gardening brought him much success. In 1905, he won a competition in Paris for his apples, while today, the garden has become a beloved location for weddings.
At Norrviken Gardens, the gardening tradition is being passed to new generations. Fruits are no longer grown here; the focus has shifted to magnificent floral beds where classic aesthetics meets playfulness. Enjoy the blooming dove trees, cherry blossoms, elegant magnolias and beautiful hydrangea flowerbeds, arranged with a French-Baroque elegance. This year, a new garden deliciously named ‘The White Garden’ will open.
From June 16 to September 24, Micael Bindefeld’s garden exhibition will be on show at the gardens. Micael Bindefeld is well-known for hosting parties for celebrities ranging from music artists to the Swedish royal family, but he has always had a love for flowers.
“My first memories as a child are of gardening and cultivation and to be given this opportunity is nothing short of a dream come true. I’m pinching myself that I get to create an exhibition at Norrviken Gardens together with Sweden’s most talented gardeners. The greenhouse itself is incredibly beautiful and it feels fantastic to have the exhibition there,” says Micael Bindefeld.
The inspiration for the exhibition comes from Micael’s childhood summers spent with his maternal grandparents, and from the sense of safety and warmth these memories evoke. This elegant garden exhibition is a must-see.
This summer, Norrviken Gardens has also invited the designer and flower enthusiast Hanna Wendelbo to create a garden together with the gardeners. Hanna Wendelbo is known for her beautiful illustrated floral-design wallpapers and prints.
Norrviken Gardens is a place where magic happens – a place where you are encouraged to indulge in generations of floral beauty. No matter what age you are, everyone can enjoy the gardens and summer events; including guided tours and concerts with artists such as Martin Stenmarck, Tommy Körberg and Smith & Thell. Don’t miss out on this Swedish west-coast paradise minutes from the city of Båstad.
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