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Grönsöö park och trädgård 1820-1925

tre familjemedlemmars odling, upplevelser och dokumentation i förhållande till dagens anläggning

Tandre, Anna (2008). Grönsöö park och trädgård 1820-1925. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2008:62
ISBN 978-91-85913-95-4
[Doctoral thesis]

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Grönsöö Manor on the island of Grönsö south-east of Enköping was built in the 1610s. The first garden was probably laid-out in 1622 as an orchard. The Manor is a notable cultural heritage due to its well-preserved corps-de-logi, rich interior collections and grand surroundings. Besides being a representative for aristocratic estates still existing today, Grönsöö is used as a private home, run by the Ehrenheim family since 1820. The park is renowned for its unbroken continuity, but has nonetheless undergone major changes. The structures from the 17th and 18th centuries are mainly well preserved whilst many buildings and structures from the 19th century and early 20th century have disappeared. This thesis aims to explore the characteristics of the park during the little known period of 1820-1925. The Grönsöö archives offer plant lists from 1840-1842 written by Reinhold Fredrik von Ehrenheim, as well as a rich autobiographical material written by his grandson Erik von Ehrenheim. These sources were analysed to shed light on structures and plants now gone, but also on the personal use of the garden and park, as well as private motives for preserving Grönsöö for future generations. Drawings and literature have also been analysed so as to understand the progress of the fruit orchards run by Erik's wife Alice von Ehrenheim in the early 1900s. The study emphasizes that the former family members did not only focus on the imposing structures of the park. Instead, the park was used as an arena where buildings, animals, fences, fruits, flowers, fantasies as well as seasonal changes were important parts. The water, the shore and the islands and islets were all parts of a rich entity for both private use and social events. In comparison with today's park, the memoranda tell a different, intimate and complex story which mirrors the former owners' strong attachments to Grönsöö. The plant lists exhibit hundreds of curious species, many of them imported from Hamburg as brand new ornamental plants at that time. They were the apple of the owner's eyes as well as a significant part of a short-lived garden fashion in the mid nineteenth century. A remarkable garden heritage is the today still ongoing fruit growing, orchards generally being a fading tradition as a commercial crop in this region. Alice von Ehrenheim's modern growing methods and experiences contri-buted not only to Grönsöö's fruit harvest but to national pomological knowledge.

Authors/Creators:Tandre, Anna
Title:Grönsöö park och trädgård 1820-1925
Subtitle:tre familjemedlemmars odling, upplevelser och dokumentation i förhållande till dagens anläggning
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2008
Number of Pages:458
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:978-91-85913-95-4
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:public parks, gardens, orchards, ornamental plants, fruit growing, cultural values, landscape, design, history, sweden
Keywords:Grönsöö, garden history 19th century, ornamental plants, plant import, cultural heritage, plants lists, autobiographical memoranda, von Ehrenheim, fruit growing
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ID Code:1860
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: Anna Tandre
Deposited On:30 Oct 2008 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:14

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