Agricultural School’s Garden
Stepping into the Agricultural School’s Garden on a spring or summer day is like entering a fairy tale. Your senses are immediately bombarded with colours, sounds, smells, light and shadow. The garden has over 6,000 different plants, and its thickest tree, the copper beech, has a circumference of five metres. All of the trees and plants have name-tags.
The garden was established in 1858 in the Romantic style of the day, strongly inspired by landscape gardens, and features a variety of garden and park spaces. There are lawns where blooms emerge from the grass, flowerbeds, a forest, a grove, a rockery and numerous open spaces.
This is an enticing place to spend time in spring and summer, sitting on a bench or relaxing on one of the lawns.
At the centre of the garden is a lake with an island, accessible via a small footbridge. The most famous spot is the rose garden, which features hundreds of varieties and is approached through an arbour topped with rambling roses. The rose and spice gardens give off an almost overwhelming array of wonderful scents. And almost everywhere you go in the garden, you hear ducks quacking away on the lake.
At the back of the garden is the Væksthuset Café, set in an old greenhouse. The garden is a haven for sunbathers, readers and amateur botanists. Visitors tend to respect the peace and tranquillity by talking quietly and softly.
Photo: Søren Rud
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(Agricultural School’s Garden)
1870 Frederiksberg C
- Intense plant and sensory experiences, sunbathing, reading, peace and historical idyll.
- Guided tours on the first Wednesday and Sunday of summer months.
- Open from sunrise to sunset.
- The Royal Danish Veterinarian and Agricultural School’s Garden came into being when the school was built in 1858, and it mainly contains garden and park plants.
- In 2007, the school merged with the University of Copenhagen and the gardens were officially renamed the University Gardens in Frederiksberg, but most people still use the old name. It has been under a conservation order since 1965.
- The free-standing ginkgo is one of the many wonderful trees in the garden. It has no natural enemies. Insects, viruses, fungi and bacteria cannot harm it, and even people find it difficult to destroy.
- It is said that a large ginkgo grew in Hiroshima in Japan before the atomic bomb was dropped on the city during the Second World War. Along with everything else for miles around, the gingko was incinerated, but a year later it had produced fresh shoots – the only plant in the area to do so.
- In addition to the 6,000 species of plant and tree, the garden attracts flowers, many species of butterfly and dragonflies. The trees are home to squirrels, and foxes are often seen at twilight.
- Most of the paths in the garden are wheelchair friendly.
- Café Væksthuset, just inside the garden, is run by students and is open during the day from Monday to Friday. It also opens for brunch on Sundays, and has live music during the summer months.