Rosendal gardens history
Rosendal gardens have a French origin. It’s Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Napoléon’s marshal, King of Sweden (Karl XIV Johan)who bought this land in 1817 to make an English-style garden. It developed well in the 19th century, thanks to Josefina, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte daughter-in-law, passionned by gardening. She set up the first plantings and greenhouses. Today and since 1982, it’s the Rosendal gardens foundation which operates and maintains the place.
The gardens are composed of an orchard with more of 400 fruit trees (apple trees, pear trees, cherry), a vegetable garden, flower beds and a wonderful rose garden. We can also find herbs and vegetables within greenhouses.
A biodynamic agriculture
At Rosendal gardens, agricultural methods are natural. They use compost as natural fertilizer (chemical fertilizers and pesticides are not authorized), they also apply agricultural rotations and so on.
Agriculture is in fact biodynamic. Biodynamic is a production system which consists in considering an agricultural sector as a living organism. “Preparations” made with natural products such as plants and minerals are used to dynamize soils. Moreover, this system takes into account lunar and planetary rhythms. That is why refractory people consider this method as esoteric but it’s not this article subject.
A gourmet break or shopping at Rosendal gardens?
I loved walking in Rosendal gardens, enjoy plants and lovely flowers, and relax. Don’t hesitate to make a break at the cafe. Have hand-made biscuits, pastries or salty snacks. Ingredients from the gardens are used as much as possible. You can also buy fruits and flowers from Rosendal or buy biological bread and pastries made on the gardens.
Have a lovely end of week and enjoy your weekend, Xxx.