www.wherejacwanders.com – It’s always great to check out some favourite spots with locals when travelling and knowing we have a mutual love of plants, Stefan, a friend from Stockholm, suggested we should all do a trip to check out the Bergianska Trädgården, the Bergius Botanic Garden.
I love botanical gardens- especially old established ones. The Bergius Botanical Garden has its origin in the garden called Bergielund, which was laid out in the 18th century by two brothers, Bengt and Peter Jonas Bergius, between the present Karlbergsvägen and Vasaparken in Stockholm. After the brothers’ death the property was donated to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Bergius Foundation was established. The primary objective of the Bergius Botanic Garden today is to support teaching and research about plant diversity, but the garden is also a recreational spot and a source of botanical knowledge for visitors.
Alive and bursting with new summer growth, this garden was an absolute delight. We started outside wandering around garden beds which sprawled up and down hills. Beautiful blooms from my childhood such as poppies, foxgloves, camellias and peonies and the scent of flowers filled my head.
We then headed in to the greenhouses which display plants from climates warmer than the Swedish. Tropical crops thrive side by side with fascinating life forms from the Mediterranean climate as well as rainforests and deserts. The temperature, light and humidity are controlled making it possible for different greenhouse sections to provide the best growing conditions. I loved the cacti garden with succulents that towered above our heads.
The famous Victoria House has the world’s largest water lily. I was fascinated by these lilies. Their pads were so thick and their undersides covered in spiky thorns. It was so tempting to try to step across them like something from a movie set in a fairy fantasy land. the light shining through the edges of the pads showing off a system of veins was amazing.
I could have wandered for hours and hours more and exploring this garden is top of my list on our next trip to Stockholm.
By car from Stockholm:
Take Roslagsvägen northbound and exit at Naturhistoriska riksmuseet. Turn left in the roundabout (beneath Roslagsvägen).
By underground, train or bus
Train: Take Roslagsbanan to station Universitetet (about 5 min journey from Östra station). Follow footpath directions towards Bergianska trädgården or change to bus from Univeristet Norra, see below.
Underground: Take the underground to station Universitetet. Follow footpath directions towards Bergianska trädgården.
Bus: Bus 50 stop at station Bergiusvägen and 540 stop at station Frescati. Follow footpath directions towards Bergianska trädgården.