The Garden Guide

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

Market Gardens in Denmark

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433. Market-gardens. Two miles from Copenhagen is a little island called Amager, about six miles long and five broad. It may be called the kitchen-garden of Copenhagen, as the greater part of it consists of market-gardens. It was peopled by a Flemish or Dutch colony, in the sixteenth century, who were sent for, to teach the Danes how to cultivate culinary vegetables, and who still retain their old dress and many of their old customs. This island supplies the greater part of Copenhagen with vegetables, which are grown to great perfection. The inhabitants keep themselves quite apart from all other people in the kingdom. There are several other good market-gardens in the country, particularly about Copenhagen. Every nurseryman grows vegetables and fruit for the market, so that there is very little difference here between nurserymen and market-gardeners, only that some of them grow more flowers and fruit trees, and fewer vegetables, than others. (J. P. in Gard. Mag.)