The Formal garden reflects the garden ideals for the City of Gothenburg’s ”town estates” in the late 1800’s. The style is classical formal: the clipped lime, beech and boxwood hedges create a symmetrical garden room, a design that can be traced back thousands of years to the earliest known gardens of Persia – known as Pairi-daeza, from which our word paradise comes.
In the flower beds we display perennials grown in Sweden before 1940. Each plant has a well documented history and is part of our cultural heritage. Many of the varieties are included in POM* and were donated by individuals during the so-called ”perennial appeal”.
*POM is Sweden’s national program for long-term conservation and use of cultivated plants and their wild relatives. POM started in 2000 as part of the environmental quality objective A rich agricultural landscape. POM involves: governments, companies, organizations, museums, the Swedish University of Agriculture, The Nordic Gene Bank and botanical gardens.