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Exploring Österlen’s Most Secret Garden

On the outskirts of Kivik, a little coastal town in the southern Swedish region of Österlen, is a two-acre piece of secluded botanic heaven. A well-kept secret to even locals, senior lecturer in conservation Ingalill Nyström has founded Ulriksdals Trädgård, a botanic garden boasting over 500 plant species – 50 of them different types of apple trees (a crop which the region is famous for).

Nyström’s vision for the magical place has been to create a spot for creativity, community and recreation, and to provide an arena where botany can merge with culture, art and craftsmanship. Inspired by the Art and Crafts movement, which emerged in the mid-19th century in Britain from an attempt to reform design and decoration, the garden features several paths by which visitors can explore the area.

”A map of the garden, that is provided upon entry, identifies the many sculptures and art pieces on display underneath the trees, embedded in shrubs and placed around the small man-made pond.”

Among the pieces is imaginative work by Helena Åkesson-Liedberg, Josefin Mollberg, Amalia Bille, Annkristin Andersson and Freja Hillfon Liungman, to name a few. 

The house, which was built in the 1870s, houses a small garden café and a beautiful greenhouse is decorated with antiques and vintage items, which are also for sale.

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