The Garden Guide

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

Vegetable gardens in Sweden

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445. The towns and cities of Norway and Lapland, Dr. Clarke informs us (Scandinavia, ch. 17. 1806), were formerly supplied with culinary herbs from England and Holland; but gardening became more general after the publication, by Christian Gartner, of a manual adapted to Sweden. Now all sorts of vegetables are common round Drontheim. The gardens of the citizens are laid out in the Dutch taste, and full of fruits and flowers. Of these are enumerated, apples, pears, plums, cherries, strawberries, cabbages, cauliflowers, turnips, cucumbers, potatoes, artichokes, lupines, stocks, carnations, pinks, lilies, roses, and many other garden flowers. In the garden of the minister of Enontekis (fig. 136.), a village situated 287 miles north of Tornea, and perhaps the best garden in Lapland, Dr. Clarke found peas, carrots, spinach, potatoes, turnips, parsley, and a few lettuces. The tops of the potatoes were used boiled, and considered a delicate vegetable.