The Garden Guide

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

Seed production in Sweden

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444. Garden seeds and young trees are generally grown in private gardens, and are exposed for sale in the markets; and not, as in other countries of Europe, by men who make the production of these objects a distinct business. The winter fairs in Wexio, Jonkoping and Christinehamn, are attended by gardeners from Stockholm, and other provinces, for the purpose of selling and purchasing seeds. The public market at Stockholm is supplied with fruit trees of five or six years' growth from all parts of the country, which are sold at 6d. each. The potato was introduced into Bergen in 1762; and into Nordland and Finmark in 1782; its culture is not yet well understood; but the produce, though small, is found to be of good quality. (Brooke's Lapland, p. 203.)