Whether you prefer a stroll in large city parks or a visit to countryside estates, you are in for a gardening treat. Here is a selection of our favourite gardens around Skåne. 

Sofiero Castle, one of the most beautiful parks in Europe

Sofiero Castle, one of the most beautiful parks in Europe

In 1866, Crown Prince Oscar and his wife Sophia of Nassau spent their first summer in the newly built summer residence of Sofiero Castle in Helsingborg.
The dreamy location overlooking wooded gorges and the strait between Sweden and Denmark is why this park has been voted the most beautiful park in Europe.
A perfect time to visit is in May or June when the collection of over 10,000 rhododendrons is in bloom. There’s plenty to see and you can spend hours exploring the Wine House where some of the vines stem from 1914, the tiny Melon House where in August you can admire the ripening fruits and the scented garden of queen Ingrid, a garden of fragranced geraniums cultivated using cuttings from the queen’s collection.
Don’t miss the aisle of flowers dedicated to crown princess Margareta, the stunning aisle of roses and the Victorian vegetable garden.
Hungry? Enjoy the view of Öresund from café Glasverandan, that servies lunch and dinner. If you are in the mood for fine dining, savour a gourmet meal inside the castle, where the restaurant is ranked one of Sweden’s best culinary experiences.

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The Gardens of Fredriksdal, an open-air museum for garden lovers

The Gardens of Fredriksdal, an open-air museum for garden lovers

Fredriksdal, in the city of Helsingborg, is one of the largest open-air museums in Sweden, Skåne in miniature.
Fredriksdal features everything from botanical gardens with flowers and plants from the region to historical vegetable and herb gardens. The crown jewel is the rose garden with its spectacular collection, the oldest ones cultivated 2,000 years ago.
Wander through historic buildings and preserved town quarters complete with cobblestones and old houses, surrounded by meadows and pastures with cows, sheep, goats and horses.

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Krapperup Castle, romantic serenity in western Skåne

Krapperup Castle, romantic serenity in western Skåne

Krapperup Castle is on the western coast of Skåne, just north of Helsingborg, and is be one of Sweden’s best preserved 19th century gardens in private ownership.
The park is open to the public all year around and will make lovers of English romantic style swoon. Covering about 80 acres, it was developed during the 19th century. With its winding paths, carp ponds and small bridges reminiscent of Monet’s paintings from Giverny, this park has a zen-like quality. Visit Krapperup during May to enjoy the lush greenery of blossoming rhododendron bushes, and the fantastic rose bushes in June. 

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Slottsträdgården, organic garden and café in central Malmö 

Slottsträdgården, organic garden and café in central Malmö 

Slottsträdgården’, the cstle garden, is next to Malmöhus castle in the centre of Malmö. It’s an organic and gastronomic oasis with a large vegetable and flower garden, surrounded by canals. It has fruit trees, themed miniature gardens and a charming outdoor café.
Munch away on organic pastries from the café in the shade of the parasols, while enjoying the perennial flowerbeds and the rose scent.
Rainy day? No worries, just bring your coffee into the cosy orangery and sit under the grapevines hanging from the ceiling. Drop by for the Harvest Festivals, Onion Festivals and the yearly Malmö Garden Show.

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The Gardens of Norrviken, a park and a cultural venue

The Gardens of Norrviken, a park and a cultural venue

The Gardens of Norrviken in Båstad consist of seven themed gardens set around Villa Abelin, the main building. Norrviken is also a place for concerts, theatrical performances, fairs and exhibitions. Enjoy the airy greenhouse atmosphere in the luxurious restaurant, Orangeriet and have lunch prepared from local produce. If you just want drinks, enjoy the atmosphere in the Salamander café.

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The Botanical garden in Lund

The Botanical garden in Lund

In the centre of Lund, is a lush botanical garden that has been part of Lund University since the 15th century The large park is home to over 7,000 species. Walk through the colourful plantations and stop at the pond to watch the large goldfish, before visiting the orangery with its many different themes.
Look closely under the large plants and you will spot the small quail families that live here.
The park runs a diversified operation within botany, gardening and ecology for research at the university, and for schools and the public to enjoy and explore.
This is a popular place for locals to hang out on warm sunny days and the lawns are perfect for picnics. Before leaving enjoy a cup of coffee or an ice cream at the small café just outside the orangery and there is a small shop.

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Bosjökloster, a thousand year old oak and friendly alpacas

Bosjökloster, a thousand year old oak and friendly alpacas

Bosjökloster is an ancient monastery located on a peninsula in lake Ringsjön.
Founded as a Benedictine convent in the 11th century it became a private home after the Reformation in 1536, and is still privately owned and run, but open to the public.
The beautiful white castle with its court yard, terraced flower gardens and park with animal enclosures is worth a visit any time of the year.
In April, the grounds are covered in a white carpet of wood anemones and in May the tulips and narcissus bloom on the terraces. The first of the roses appear in May and bloom well into August.
There are over a hundred different kinds of roses. In June, the large flowerbeds filled with fragrant peonies and lilies bloom, complemented by the scents from the herb garden.
The Café and Restaurant serve coffee or lunch with views over Lake Ringsjön and the ruins of the Penitentiary Chapel. There is a children’s playground nearby. Don’t forget to check out the thousand year-old oak tree and give the friendly alpacas, goats and ponies a cuddle. Opening hours on the homepage.

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Alnarpsparken, a landscaped university park

Alnarpsparken, a landscaped university park

Alnarpsparken is in the coastal municipality of Lomma, not far from Malmö.
It is a landscaped park surrounding the Alnarp castle that houses the Swedish University of Agricultural Studies. Here you’ll find plenty of inspiration for your own garden among the exotic plants on display. The lignose, woody plants, are specialities here, with over 2,500 different species.
Trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants from all over the world are in the park and used for research and education. The adjacent garden features a large selection of blooming perennials.

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The gardens of Mandelmanns, organic gardening on a fairy tale farm

The gardens of Mandelmanns, organic gardening on a fairy tale farm

Mandelmanns is in Rörum, Österlen. Using non-toxic methods such as crop rotation and companion planting, the owners, Marie and Gustav Mandelmann, have turned the old farm into a garden experience.
It’s like entering a small world of its own where everything has a purpose and is and used accordingly. The free-range hens are guarded by a small dog as they help cleaning up insects from the vegetable plantations. Then the pigs turn the soil and fertilize it. Sheep graze the hills and the farm is self-sufficient.
There are organic tomatoes, cucumber and gourd, and the main attraction is the flower beds in the interior garden, with the small ponds full of edible water cress and water lilies.
On weekends enjoy lunch prepared using produce from the grounds. Stock up on the veggies of the season at the small shop.

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The English Garden of Svabesholm

The English Garden of Svabesholm

“This is like stepping through the gates of Eden”, said one woman at the English Garden in Svabesholm. In the small village of Svinaberga just outside of Kivik in eastern Skåne, this small garden inspired by English romance give you plenty of gardening inspiration, from creative flower beds to Austin roses in the nursery.
The garden shop sells classic garden furniture, and there is a small café on site.

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Åberg’s Garden and Café

Åberg’s Garden and Café

In the mood for a botanical shopping spree? This beautiful nursery has over 2,000 different kinds of herbaceous and vegetable plants for sale as well as more than 1,000 varieties of perennials and herbs. Pop into the cosy café and enjoy a home-made lunch and cakes.
There are lots of smaller garden venues all around Skåne, as well as gardening shops, garden centres and nurseries. You’ll find more information about opening hours and entrance fees their websites.

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