The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Garden design style in Sweden

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435. The ancient style of gardening appears to have been introduced into Sweden at least previously to 1671; for Hermand, who published his Regnum Sueci£ in that year, mentions the gardens of the palace as well as the vivarium or park. The gardens, he says, were used for delight and recreation. They lay between the palatium and vivarium; and the latter contained some wooden buildings, in which were kept lions, leopards, and boars. This garden and park appear to have been formed by Gustavus Adolphus, about 1620. Charles XII. procured plans from Le Notre, and had the trees and plants sent from Paris. It is remarked by Dr. Walker, as a curious fact, that though the yew tree is a native of Sweden, those plants of the species sent from Paris, to plant Le Notre's designs, died at Stockholm the first winter.