(7.30 breakfast at the hotel)
9.00 Good Morning Tour and introduction on the bus along the lovely road by Oresund to Sofiero Castle & Park. Thousands and thousands of rhododendron flowers will accompany us while we will be given the story of Crown Princess Margarete and Crown Prince Gustav, later King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden, both keen garden enthusiast. This Royal couple created a wonderful garden around Sofiero Castle which today is one of Sweden´s most famous gardens. Large collections of rhododendron, extra ordinary flower borders filled with spring bulbs, fruit & vegetable gardens and lovely wood walks welcome us on this tour where we also will have a quick talk with one of the gardeners in the park.
11.00 Lovely, second breakfast at the veranda facing west from the castle with a spectacular view towards Oresund and some really nice sandwiches, pastries, tea or coffee.
Tours on your own in the park and some shopping.
12.45 A short ride through Helsingborg city will take us to Fredriksdal open-air museum and the botanic park. We will be presented to the 1800th century summer residence which was built by the original owners of this land and park before we have our lunch at the Fredriksdal Garden Café.
14.00 Let´s meet one of the fantastic gardeners in the kitchen gardens of Fredriksdal who will tell us about how they grow vegetables, fruit, berries and herbs according to the same manors they used around 1850. Also lets meet some of all the wonderful farm animals of different old Swedish races that lives in the park and let´s stop by for a few minutes in the Rosarium which might be given us an early spring rose in bloom. There will also be some time for shopping at Flora Linnea, famous rose nursery and lovely garden boutique near the entrance.
16.00 We will have a nice chat and some lovely refreshments together with people from Food Evolutionary in the center of Helsingborg
17.30 To our hotel
19.30 Diner at the hotel
(8.00 breakfast at the hotel)
9.15 Bus leaves for Båstad. Lecture on the bus about Swedish garden and landscape history.
10.00 Arrival at Norrvikens Gardens, the garden of the famous Swedish garden architect Rudolf Abelin who created an extraordinary garden on an old fruit farm 1906. Abelin was fascinated both in the Italian renaissance gardens as well as in Japanese garden traditions and at Norrviken today you will experience his efforts in creating different garden rooms in different styles which charmingly incorporate this typical landscape of Scania. Marvelous views are promised.
12.00 Lunch at the wonderful Restaurant Salamander which is situated in the old villa of Rudolf Abelin.
13.30 Our bus leaves and drives through the beech forest at the “Italian Road” to the village Hallavara where we will spend some time at Bäckdalens Café & Nursery for shop plants or flowers, have a Swedish “fika”, and talk to the owners about growing organic herbs, tomatoes, chili, salads and lots of other things.
16.30 Bus leaves for Helsingborg City
19.00 Diner at hotel
(7.30 breakfast at the hotel)
8.30 Bus leaves for the city Landskrona and Citadellets Colonies and Rothoffs colony museum. Short lecture on the bus about the history of colony gardens in Sweden. We will have a really nice stroll around this beautiful area and visit some passionate colony gardeners who proudly present their gardens and lovely houses. We will also have a nice picnic with coffee & cinnamon buns, strong traditions in this garden world of Sweden.
12.30 Lunch in the restaurant at Alnarp, University of Agriculture, castle & park.
13.30 Open house lecture and guiding in the university park, discussing the legacy of Carl von Linné, innovations in botany in Sweden today and visiting some real treasures among the plants in this beautiful park.
16.30 Afternoon tea at Tirups Herb Garden, a lovely place for all of you that love herbs with organic plants to see in the show garden, plants to buy in the nursery and exquisite cakes and teas in the café.
17.30 Bus leaves for Helsingborg. Discussions and evaluation on the bus and farewell salutations as well as Welcome Back wishes to our beautiful, fresh, peaceful and friendly Scania!