This is what pretty much everybody in Lund did the day we were there. It was one of the warmest days that May, and people flocked in hordes to the Botanical Garden. Every lawn was covered by people wearing only a bikini or their swim trunks to make the most of the sunshine. In between, families were going for a walk and enjoying some ice-cream, people were playing outdoor games and a few even seemed to be interested in the flora of the garden, which is abundant.
Lund was home to a botanical garden since 1690, but it used to be where the university's main building is nowadays. At that time, nobody felt responsible for taking care of the garden so it quickly ran to seed. Apparently, it turned into a quagmire that the town's pigs loved. Only in 1746, a new botanical garden was planned by Carl Hårleman. It existed for 110 years and was then moved into its present location. The garden was an immediate success, and only a few years later featured 6,000 different plants. Nowadays, the number has risen to more than 7,000. There is a palm house with bananas, palm trees or orchids, there are lots of flowerbeds which are inundated by tulips in spring, there is a herb garden and an educational garden - the garden authorities deplore the fact that people are nowadays unable to tell a potato plant from a pine tree and want to do something against that.
Still, what I loved about Lund's Botanical Garden is that it's not only educational, but mostly an area to enjoy some time outside. Open for everybody for free year round, this is THE place to be in Lund on a sunny day.
The Botanical Gardens in Lund are located at the edge of the city
center. It's a big garden with lot's of space with nice lawns and lots
There is a nice greenhouse that you can visit in the company of exotic plants where it's
always nice and warm.
In the Lund Botanical Gardens you will find more then 7000 plant
species all setup in a big garden.
Lund Botanical Gardens was founded in the university area near the cathedral in the 17th century. It then grew during its heydays when Swedish botanist Linnaeus also got his only academic qualifications in life here, before going on to greater world achievements in Uppsala. Finally, it outgrew its place in the citycentre and moved to the place it has now, at the edge of the centre, in the late 19th century. Today, apart from the research done here, you will find a lovely park to stroll around in along with students and locals, and the hothouses have enough to keep you interested for a while, certainly if you have young children.