Green cultural heritage
This house was built in 1812. It was then owned by the city and leased to a tenant considered "a deserving citizen". The formal garden shows what was modern for typical Gothenburg mansions in the 1800s. The Directors of Botaniska have lived here since the garden was opened in 1923.
The garden is classically formal. The closely clipped hedges create a symmetrical garden space. The urns, fountains and benches all suit the classical style. The formal language resembles that of the oldest known gardens in Persia thousands of years ago, called "pairi daeza", the origin of our word "paradise".
The flowerbeds display varieties of perennials grown in Sweden before 1940 and part of our cultural heritage. Within the Programme for Cultivating Diversity (POM: Programmet för Odlad Mångfald), we are cooperating with other botanical gardens, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the gene bank NordGen, and others, to save the green cultural heritage made up by our old ornamental plants. Several of these perennials can be purchased under the trademark Grönt kulturarv®. All the varieties here have in common a long tradition of cultivation, an interesting cultural history and good cultivation characteristics.
These pinks (Dianthus Plumarius 'Marieberg') have white flowers, despite their name, with shaggy petals and a dark purple-pink eye in the centre. They have a pleasantly spicy scent. They have been named 'Marieberg' after a farm on the west coast island of Orust, where they were cultivated at the beginning of the 1900s. The pinks are being launched under the trademark Grönt kulturarv®.
The blooms of the Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum 'Bröllopsgåvan') are up to 10 cm in diameter. They grow at Klagstorp in Skåne and have been passed down for at least four generations. Marit, who grows them today can trace them back to 1923. That year, her mother-in-law's mother received the Shasta daisy as a wedding gift from her mother. The Shasta daisy is now being launched under the trademark Grönt kulturarv®.