Malmö, Sweden

A journey through southern Sweden

WHEN: Tuesday 31 May – Saturday 4 June 2022
WHAT: A five-day/four-night guided horticultural discovery tour of southern Sweden
WHERE: Malmö, Sweden
PRICE: £1,995 - please call to book 01372 235434


A five-day/four-night guided horticultural discovery tour of southern Sweden.   

An exclusive personally guided, Swedish garden extravaganza led by garden designer David Wyndham Lewis and renowned horticulturist John Taylor. Journey through southern Sweden, taking in two historic gardens; Norrviken designed by Rudolf Abelin as a “living garden museum” and Sofiero once a summer home to Swedish Royalty. Guests will dine at the Hällåkra Vineyard and explore the orchards before heading back to Malmö for exclusive access to preview the gardens at the Malmö Garden Show. There will be a visit to the idyllic Kolonihus communal gardens. A highlight of the holiday is a visit to Klinta Trädgård the, garden creation of world-famous Peter Korn and Julia Andersson. All whilst leaving time to enjoy the city at your own pace and relax in the luxurious MJ’s Hotel. 


The first afternoon will be a chance to settle into the hotel and explore the city with a welcome dinner at The Siesta restaurant to start the holiday.

The second day will start with a refreshment and a tour of Norrviken – Famous for its gardens in different styles, created by Rudolf Abelin in the early 1900s. A visionary, inspired by various countries and epochs, who gave each garden its own, special character. The gardens offer experiences for all the senses. Followed by lunch at Sofiero in the award-winning restaurant we will tour the gardens created by King Gustav VI Adolf and his English wife Margareta when they were gifted the palace in 1905.  The gardens have continued to develop around Gustav Adolf’s rhododendron collection and the flower borders created by Queen Margareta. The evening will be a chance for you to explore the city.


The third day will include a visit to a private garden before having lunch at the Hällåkra Vineyard – Yes, a Swedish Vineyard!  They only started planting in 2003 and have already receiving accolades for their very characteristic wines.  A taster food menu along with a wine tasting and a visit to the vines and the neighboring apple and pear cider orchards make this a great place to visit. 


Once back in Malmo you will have a couple of hours to relax before joining the VIP preview for the Malmo Garden Show 2022. One of the undiscovered gems on the international garden show calendar.  The show is held on the Slottsparken for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.  When the show is open to the public, entry is free and therefore it is one of the most visited garden shows in Europe.  We have an exclusive invitation to the preview evening where you will get a chance to meet the designers and suppliers and see the show gardens.  David Wyndham Lewis who is part of the judging panel will give you a tour of the show gardens and explain the judging process. 


The next morning you will enter The Malmo Garden Show for the awards and a chance to wander through the markets before departing to visit the Kolonihus. These communities of gardens established themselves early in the 20th century.  Only available to residents of Malmö, they provide an escape from the city while still being in the city.  The small houses are surrounded by gardens and each represents the character of the owners. Followed by Klinta Trädgård– This new garden is the creation of Peter Korn and Julia Andersson.


Julia was educated as a Garden Designer at SLU in Alnarp and is the Chair of judges for the Malmo Garden Show. Her gardening interest began when she visited Great Dixter in 1999 and understood how magical it could feel to be in a garden. This started her route to a gardening career. 


Peter grew up in Northwest Skåne, where he built his first garden. For 15 years he created his garden in Eskilsby, east of Gothenburg. The Klinta Trädgård is a new garden with a nursery showcasing Peter and Julia’s approach to gardens and plants.  The nursery uses almost no pots!  He started his gardening like many others cultivating common perennials, summer flowers and dahlias, but quickly became fascinated by the more natural forms. 


About our guides   

Award winning Garden Designer David Wyndham Lewis has worked in Sweden many times and is recognised there as one of Britain’s leading garden designers.  He is a regular speaker at garden conferences and events in Sweden and is on the judging panel for the Malmö Garden Show. 

John Taylor is recognised across Scandinavia as a great communicator of garden knowledge.  His books, magazine articles and frequent appearances on TV have made him a household name. 


  • Maximum group size is 25.  
  • Price based per head on two people sharing. 
    • Return flights from Heathrow, transfers and tolls, welcome dinner and two lunches, all garden entries and Malmo Garden Show Preview included.  
  • £200 pp deposit required by 20th March to reserve a place.
  • Remaining Balance by April 29th.   

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