No, summer isn’t over yet. And even if the autumn rush leaves its mark, we want to take the opportunity to enjoy garden life – preferably with a good coffee. Here are some green tips:
Lundgren girls in Skäret, Kullahalvön
The small 18th-century ship in the fishing village of Skäret in northwest Skåne is surrounded by tall hollyhawks, climbing vines, geraniums and roses in red, white, and pink. Here the coffee is served in polished brass jugs, just as it was when the café was started by the four Lundgren sisters in 1938.
The café usually attracts many visitors during nice summer days, but the garden is large and therefore there is plenty of space this year. If the weather is bad, you can go to a rainproof greenhouse.
Buttermilk cakes, cookies, cakes and the famous vanilla hearts are waiting for you at the cake counter. In addition, more nutritious dishes are served, such as herring with mashed potatoes and Scanian egg cake. The latter is as good as chewing – one serving is enough for two people.
“Here awaits a large garden with many small rooms, ponds, garden sculptures and interesting details”
On the Kola Peninsula there are many wonderful garden cafes. Two other venues open late in the season are Mölle Krukmakeri and Krapperups Slottscafé.
Solhaga stenugnsbageri, Slöinge
The smell of brown butter and caramelized sugar wafts from the open café window of the red log house in the village of Slöinge, south of Falkenberg. Here, baker Sara Wennerström runs an award-winning artisan bakery in a thriving cultural setting. Almond cakes filled with berries, pastries, toscam mazarine and other delicacies abound at the cake table.
If you want to eat really well, Susedalen, a thick slice of sourdough bread topped with omelettes, local farm cheese, pickled vegetables, and mayonnaise with home-grown herbs, is recommended.
The outdoor terrace is located in the garden of the family villa and has undergone a major renovation this year. The rickety lawn with pebbles and large flowerbeds was replaced by flowers, decorative cherries, quince pears and other trees.
Another new thing for this year is that the family opened their balcony doors and expanded with tasting breakfast and dinner, a concept that will continue this fall as well.
Bäsna Park, Borlänge
Turn-of-the-century gardens, manor parks, baroque miners’ gardens – there are plenty of beautiful parks in Dalarna. One of the most famous is Hildasholm, Axel and Hilda Monti’s summer house from 1910. It is beautifully located by Lake Siljan and surrounded by a large garden with many imaginative garden rooms inspired by the British Arts and Crafts movement.
The park is open Friday through Sunday until September 26, but if you want to combine a garden visit with coffee this year, it’s a good idea to use Bäsna Park, a trade and show park on the outskirts of Borlänge.
Here awaits a large garden with many small rooms, ponds, garden sculptures and interesting details. There is also a forest trail, a children’s magic trail, and a popular coffee shop. The specialty is geranium cake, a sponge cake topped with geranium blossoms and icing flavored with lemon geranium leaves. At tradgardaridalarna.se there are more parks worth visiting in the area.
Prestele viewing park, Hörnsjö
Landscape architect Mona Prestele acquired the garden in Hörnsjö outside Umeå in 2019. Since then, she has created one of the most lush gardens in Västerbotten, with flower beds full of roses, berry bushes and all kinds of cut flowers. In the greenhouse, tomatoes, zucchini, and pumpkin thrive alongside crops usually associated with more southern latitudes, such as watermelons.
Much of what is grown is used in the café, which also has its own bakery with a wood-burning stone oven. On some Wednesdays this fall, Mona bakes handmade pizzas and serves them locally grown vegetables. This year, “tea time” is also served in the greenhouse. If you want to stay there is bed and breakfast. Due to the pandemic, a visit to the café must be booked in advance via the website presteles.se.
Sovereux Castle, Helsingborg
Until mid-September, Garden Weeks events are held at Sofiero Castle in Helsingborg. In the castle garden, several inspiring gardens created by garden features such as Linda Schilén, Per Benjamin and John Taylor await.
Content creators will be on site to share polls and farming tips. Among other things, visitors can learn how to tie bouquets of cut flowers or join a guided tour.
Sofiero Castle Park is perhaps best known for its gorgeous rhododendron valleys, but even in the late season there are many beautiful places to rest your eyes, for example the Dahlia neighborhood bursting with all the colors of the rainbow.
Sofiero also has plenty of options for food or coffee stoves. Choose from, for example, a sumptuous lunch at the castle, a coffee in the café or a garden salad at the Orangery.
More garden tips
Here are three more late summer tips for gardeners:
Garden tours in northwest Skåne provide the opportunity to get inside walls and gates and see everything from small private town gardens to park-like estates. August 28-29 is the Late Summer Tour and October 9 is the Moonlight Tour.
+ Sürmland Gardens
In Sörmland, there is the opportunity to take a garden tour and visit enthusiastic gardeners who open their private plots to the public. The website besiksträdgårdar.se has a map of the nine participating parks and information on how to book an appointment to visit.
+ Garden and nightlife Falun
From September 4-5, an incredible source of garden inspiration is conceivable when the “Garden & Outdoor Life” exhibition takes place at Gamla Staberg in Falun. Here you can, among other things, get tips on how to succeed in your kitchen garden, how to become your flower farmer or how to decorate your garden or greenhouse.
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