Royal Danish Horticultural Society Garden
Water gurgles from one of the many small fountains. A red squirrel shimmies on the yellow-tinted wall. The sun glimmers through the treetops, casting fine, flickering shadows. Frederiksberg Gardens’ discreet neighbour has its own distinct mood – and a sense of deep tranquillity.
You won’t be overtaken here by breathless runners or busy cyclists. Bikes are banned from the garden and must be carefully parked by the entrance. The Royal Danish Horticultural Society Garden is designed for serenity and inspiration.
It occupied several sites before finally settling here, near Frederiksberg Palace, which you may catch glimpses of as you explore the garden.
The grounds were once part of the palace garden, but after it lost its status as a summer residence and there was no longer a need for the vegetable gardens, the Horticultural Society moved in.
The idea was that the garden would be a place where people could find help and ideas for their own gardens, and that remains the case today. As you warm your back against a sun-drenched bench overlooking the fountains, ancient trees and statues, there is a wonderful feeling that you’ve stepped back in time – but this is no museum garden. It is renewed periodically, as new ideas and ideals gain ground.
Coming from Frederiksberg Runddel, the entrance to the garden is by Brøndsalen, part of an old spa where visitors could take the spring water from the well, which was believed to be curative.
Today, the garden provides an antidote to city stress.
Photo: Scanpix/Mads Jensen