I also walked around the outside gardens during my visit to the Gothenburg Botanical Gardens on Saturday 25th January 2020. In the mild weather, there were many people out walking and running in the garden. Here’s an album of pictures of edibles and other interesting plants and a video of the large Actinidia arguta in the Asiatic woodland garden.
On my way north from Vienna to Oslo, I found myself unexpectedly with a 4 hour wait in Gothenburg in Sweden, and there was no hesitation to visit one of the great botanical gardens. I had no idea what there would be to see in January but with the mild winter I was surprised how much there was to see. Here are a collection of wierd and wonderful edibles in the unique bulb house!
Joe said to me at the time that I should come visit if I was ever in the US. I already knew at that time I was invited by Sam Thayer and Melissa Price to the Midwest Wild Harvest Festival at the end of September this year, but Joe’s place seemed a long trek south, so I forgot the idea. Then this spring, I was asked if I would be interested to do a talk at the Atlanta Botanical Garden….and I managed to change my travel plans to do this…and looking at the map I noticed it wasn’t too far from Joe’s Mountain Gardens (aka as Paradise)! So I contacted him and he replied: “Good to hear from you and that is great news! I am very much looking forward to showing you around my garden and adjacent National Forest land, there is a lot to see”.
So it came to past that I arrived in Asheville, North Carolina on 21st September 2019 and picked up a hire car as Joe’s place was an hour or more up in the Black Mountains subrange of the Appalachians. Four hours later I arrived at my hotel, the Celo Inn (as for why it took so long see the album captions). It turns out that the Celo community is one of the oldest intentiona communities in the world (1937), based on ideals of cooperation between residents and care for the natural environment….and it turns out that a neighbour and old colleague back in Trondheim actually went to school here…small world!
The pictures below show the approach road to Mountain Gardens from the Celo Inn (only a 5-10 min, drive away) and my first look into the garden!
Entering the garden for the first time I spy what is probably the native North American devil’s walking stick Aralia spinosa in full flower. Does this species flower much later than Japanese Aralia elata? My A. elata had finished flowering at home.
The following morning I walked around the grounds of the Celo Inn on a warm sunny day with monarch and swallowtail butterflies on the ornamental Asters. The owners had quite extensive vegetable beds and the ripe chilis bore witness that the summers were hot even up here in the mountains.
A type of swallowtail butterfly at the Celo Inn
https://m.facebook.com/matskogenpalandas/Ilka Clemens, Rekbubakkan 107, Frosta, har siden 2016 bygd opp grønnsakshage etter permakulturprinsipper, og holder på å anlegge skoghage. Bygde ifjor geodome sammen med naboen, som del av grønnsakshagen. Pilhekk i belgisk stil. Velkommen til Ilka helgen 7 & 8 september!
Tina Lambert i Hommelvik, åpner sin nyetablerte permakulturhage, i Smebergvegen 7, 7550 Hommelvik, hele dagen torsdag 5 september. Tlf 98437789
Hannah Testroet på Fåberg ved Lillehammer ønsker også velkommen til sin hage i Stuksrudvegen 216, 2625 Fåberg, torsdag 5 september. Tlf 92337319
Nina Bergitte Bentzen åpner sin hage i Storgata 20, 3970 Langesund, hvor hun siden 2013 har bygd opp en hage i pallekarmer i en bakgård midt i byen. Har forsket på og praktisert økologi i sin parsell ved Brobekk skolehage i Oslo siden slutten av 80-tallet. Har også en frukthage i Drøbak. Tlf 47702789
Susanne Friis Pedersen, Gunnars veg 6, 6630 Tingvoll.
Stjernehagen er en demonstrasjonshage for økologisk drift, med rikt utvalg av grønnsaker urter og bær. Tlf 92010236
Ringebu Prestegårdshage, ved Halldis Myhre Tvedte, holder åpen cafe for siste gang denne sesongen onsdag 4 september fra kl 10-17. Ligger ved Ringebu stavkirke, ca 3 km sør for Ringebu sentrum. Hagen har en ganske stor samling roser, stauder og fjellhagebed, urter og georginer. Gamle epletrær, nye kirsebær, og bærbusker.
Lillian Stavnes, Åmnes i Meløy kommune, sør for Bodø, åpner sin hage med grønnsaker, urter, bær, stauder og sommerblomster. Tlf 977 19 585
Elisa Helgebostad på den lille øya Helgbostadøya i tilknytning til Hitra, åpner sitt hagebruk tirsdag 3 september. Her dyrkes det etter økologiske prinsipper med innslag av permakulturtankegang, til storfamile og resturanter. Se etter Helgebostad Hagebruk på facebook og instagram, tlf 98815110, kontakt Elisa for å avtale tidspunkt.
Merethe Lauen, Måløy, holder åpent tirsdag 3 september fra kl 18. 200 m2 hage med fokus på å bygge jord og å kunne dyrke mat hele året uten drivhus. Her er frukttrær, bærbusker, urter, grønnsaker! Inspirert av permakultur med flere hügelbed. Tlf 92657316
Anne Karen Næss, Farveisa Bø i Vesterålen, åpner sin hage torsdag 5 september fra kl 15 og utover. Økologisk, spiselig forblåst og forsøksvis permakulturell hage, på yttersia i Vesterålen. Langt fra fjell og skog, men veldig nært havet og horisonten. Hagen har vokst seg større gjennom omtrent ti år. Bruker mest tang som gjødsel. Omtrent 1 mål ettårige vekster, samt en liten, men innholdsrik staudehage med mange spiselige løkvekster. Nås på tlf 95753464.
Alvastien Telste, ved Eirik Lillebøe Wiken, Klyvevegen 181, 5612 Steinstø, holder åpen hage torsdag 5 september fra kl 18. I Alvastien holdes kurs og workshops, som inspirasjonssenter for permakultur og bærekraftig livstil. Her er en 127 mål stor skoghage med mange hager i seg. https://alvastien.no/ Tlf 90368935
Væres Venners Felleshage i Malvik nord for Trondheim holder åpent søndag 8 september kl 12 til 16. Her jobbes det med en større felleshage med parseller, oldemorshage og verdenshage!
Se https://www.facebook.com/events/624821091256999 Arrangement settes opp i forbindelse med Klimafestivalen. (Kontakt: Stephen)
Min (Stephens) hage og LAND-senter (Learning, Activity, network and Demonstration), i Malvikveien 418, 7563 Malvik, med hans store samling av urter, nyttevekster, spiselige stauder, nyttebusker og trær fra hele verden :) Hagevandringer torsdag 5 sept, kl 13 og 15 (de to hagevandringene i regi av Klimafestivalen er dessverre utsolgt, men om det er nok interesse blant KVANN medlemmer setter Stephen gjerne opp en ekstra hagetur. Ta kontakt med Stephen!)
It is located high in the mountains above Salzburg surrounded by alpine meadows and beautiful Lake Seewald. I gave a talk in the mountain restaurant Auerhütte, owned by the family and located nearby http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=11483. Thomas and family have dedicated themselves to preserving rare breeds of farm animals, their connection to Arche Noah who also work with rare breeds! See also http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=11499
We talked about them visiting Malvik at some time, but it still came as a surprise to get a FB message from a very good friend of theirs, Birgit, who was living in Jämtland in Sweden, a 4 hour drive from here that Thomas and Michi were visiting and wondered if they could visit! They were here for a few hours on Saturday, a powerful meeting with a lot of laughter! Their turf roof will now have Norwegian roof onions from Gudbrandsdalen!
The videos are mostly in Norwegian!
See also my earlier post with more pictures and a video: http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=21953
On the bus from the train at Otta to Lom the evening before, I noticed a sign to Valbjør Farm, which my friend and Norwegian Seed Saver (KVANN) Andrew McMillion had visited in 2015. During the visit he had found Allium fistulosum growing on one of the turf roofs and had been given a few onions which he has since shared through KVANN’s Year Book. 10 years ago, I had been on a tour of nearby onion turf roofs near Otta and Vågå (see http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=14436). I had heard that there were also onions at Valbjør but hadn’t yet been there. It turned out that the woman who offered to give me a lift from the course at Lom back to Otta, had been at one of my talks some years ago in Heidal. I asked her if we could see Valbjør up on the hills from the main road and told her about the onion roof! Even better, she said, we’ll make a detour to the place.
So, it came to pass that we spent 45 minutes or so at the farm and met the long-term organic farmer, Kai Valbjør, who had run the farm organically since the 1980s and, it turned out, was one of the open organic gardens in the national Norwegian organic network which we and Nordigard Aukrust were part of!! It’s all interconnected!! There was also an overgrown herb garden. Valbjør Farm comprises 13 restored buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th century and is protected by law. A young couple, Ola og Kjerstin Kaurstad, had bought the farm last year and, in particular, Kjerstin was very interested to learn more about the herbs that had survived, despite the neglect. We spent some time looking for herbs and I took a few with me, in case they turn out to be old! There were a few more surprises, see the album at the bottom of this page!
Where did the Valbjør onions come from?
It turned out that the roof onions at Valbjør had not been there for long and had come from another location. Initial information was that they came from Sve Farm (which I had visited and already had onions in the national onion collection at the Ringve Botanical Garden in Trondheim. Kai Valbjør told that Andrew that they had been given them from herbalist Adi Bertoli at Sjoa. Adi was not sure that it was she who had given the onions to Valbjør, but her roof onions came from seed she was given by botanist Hans Shwenke in Otta (who had been on the tour of roof onion locations 10 years previously). Adi remembered that Hans had his onions from a place called Steberløkken in Kvam. Hans confirmed that the farm was probably called Næsset.
Nordigard Aukrust and Lom: