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TEXT AND PHOTO: MAGNE REIGSTAD
Motorhome and Caravan magazine, September 4

Arboretum in Bergen: Around the world in the green

Don't go to Bergen without putting the Arboretum on your visitor's map, and don't leave Vestlandcapital without visiting the Arboretum, Bergen Botanical Garden and its Japanese temptations.

Well blown through the classic city center trail on the great Bergen Tour, it will do both eyes and ears a visit to what we dare to call the theater of dreams for garden enthusiasts. The Arboretum and Bergen Botanical Garden on Milde is about two miles south of the city centre vestlandthe smack metropolis. There are a couple of kilometers between them, and both areas are designed for peaceful walks on well-maintained dirt roads and narrow paths between magical trees and bushes from both the northern and southern hemispheres. It is also good to have free parking for all types of vehicles at both facilities.

Global diversity

These two unique facilities are managed and developed under the joint name Universitethagene. It ensures that this global diversity is nurtured by expertise with solid professional ballast and a well-developed eye for easily accessible and inspiring public information. More than the undersigned will surely say to themselves after visiting the rosary or the mountain garden; We must then be able to achieve this at home.

Royal "roots"

Latin connoisseurs know that the word arbor means tree and consequently the arboretum (pronounced as it is written) becomes a place where trees and shrubs are planted. In the arboretum south of Bergen, they have been collected and planted since 1971 on a 500-acre site. The diversity can seem overwhelming, and then you need to hurry slowly and turn your curiosity to full strength. Then you will discover small tags hanging from branches and signs placed on the side of the road. The texts tell about both origin and utility. The arboretum naturally has its own oak with royal roots, planted when our HM King Harald V bore the title HMK Crown Prince Harald.

Typical Bergen

Bergen has many attractions on the boast list, and high on the list is the rhododendron family. The family is like most people from Bergen – colourful, and makes a lot of its presence where it takes root. It is a unique experience to walk under a canopy of branches in a forest of ornamental shrubs where one variety stretches its branches to the next shrub in the family. Some bloom in the strongest colors, others are white and more discreetly decorated. This splendor of color, pure delight for our eyes, is also a substantial food dish for fat bumblebees and tenacious bees. The buzzing little yellows and blacks seem to understand what exceedingly important mission the creator has assigned them in the great circuit.

Several bathing places

There is a finely meshed network of dirt roads and well-trodden paths throughout the arboretum. No paths lead visitors astray, but it is smart to have a map of the area to hand. The map shows, among other things, three bathing areas. In Grønevika, it has been arranged so that even visitors with reduced dexterity can roll all the way into the water and wade beyond the sandy bottom. But keep in mind that it is not allowed to grill or start a fire anywhere in the area. The food package can be eaten in a solidly anchored gap hut or on one of the benches in the small park in front of the Lace House. This house with its quirky decor has been given a new life in the green after it had to be demolished to make way for the expansion of a hospital in the center of Bergen. The lace house also contains a toilet and offers simple dining in the high season.

Botanical Garden

When the fluid balance has been restored and the energy loss has been replaced with freshly baked waffles, it is time to stroll back to Dalsmyra and the car park. Then the trip continues two kilometers further per car to Bergen Botanical Garden. Here you are free to get lost in the Japanese garden, hear it rustling in golden reeds or take a closer look at how to make it bloom among gray stones and under steep crags. These are often the frames and raw materials that many a Norwegian garden owner has to start with. And who doesn't dream of a permanent water feature in the garden. The Japanese know the tricks and you will find them in the Japanese garden.

Food crops

Unfortunately, the Norwegian flora is also "enriched" by plants we would like to be apart of in good people's gardens and they are spread along our traffic arteries. These are what the professionals call endangered species and which destroy other plants, i.e. the endangered species. Useful knowledge to take home in the form of both pictures and names of the unwanted. When professionals say so precisely, we should listen - and preferably eradicate the unwanted ones. Then it's a little more encouraging to swipe through the kitchen garden to get inspiration and tips for the new Norwegian wave, homely matauk in veranda boxes and pallet frames. And if you have more juice and power in your thighs and calves, feel free to end the expedition in the Labyrinth - which can be a long or short trip, depending on the situation. PS! Our expedition destination must not be confused with the Muséhagen, which is located on Nygårdshøyden in the center of Bergen, but it is also worth a visit.

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