In 18th century Sweden, in principle all farms were self-sufficient in root crops and vegetables for the household. When Nils Linnaeus came to Råshult, he made a number of gardens there. He was a very special man with a deep interest in botany, and he created gardens filled with flowers for the sake of their beauty. Being familiar with the medical properties of the plants, Nils also cultivated many medicinal plants to enable him to help his own family and his parishioners with medicaments to treat various ailments. A number of these gardens were recreated in 2006.
Nils Linnaeus created in Råshult a garden as a gift of love for his beloved wife Christina. He was inspired by his uncle, the parish priest Sven Tilliander in Pjätteryd who brought with them new ideas and plants from a visit to Germany. The Garden was created as a dinner party with a round dining table in the center and eight guests in chairs around. Everything is created by plants in raised beds.
In the vegetable garden grown a variety of vegetables and root vegetables for home consumption. The trustees, who manages the gardens, have put a lot of effort into finding old varieties and local varieties growing in the vegetable garden. Kålgården is divided into four quarters with a perennial blocks and three blocks where the plants varies between years. In the first nitrogen is the most demanding plants such as cabbage and lettuce plants in the next root vegetables and the third peas and beans. Kålgården is surrounded by a fence and where dt often plants tall peas and beans, and combine to make it to the vegetable garden gets a very favorable climate. Kålgården is the managers' private garden, but that visitors are welcome to enjoy it.
Hops cultivation was very important at the time of Linnaeus, there were rules for how much hops every farm in the parish would grow. Most of the hops were then sold on to beer making. Hulmegården in Råshult is a so-called kuphumlegård and plants have a local origin.
Damsons were common in Linné's time, and a damson grove is now being established.
Carl's father, Nils had a large garden with nearly 300 herbs and plants down at Stenbrohults kryka where parsonage low and the family lived. When Carl was about 5 years he received from his father a small private garden to take responsibility for and to plant the plants he wanted. They named the garden to "Carl's garden"
Here in Råshult is Carl's garden, outside the reserve and is an educational garden for children but also for adults.
Children have the opportunity to play with the animals that are placed there and of course they get a taste of the wild strawberries that grow in the garden! Carl loved the strawberry and ate each day during her adult life strawberries from a small silver bowl.
The artist Vesa Jussila has made all the animals and Björn Bergenholtz designed and approved letting us use his pig Lindbom from the book Flower Pig.
That we have been able to implement this project thanks to the 2008 Swedish American Barbro Osher. She has through his foundation Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation contributed money to this embellishment.
A hot and big Thanks to Barbro Osher!