One of my very favorite things we did while exploring Stockholm, was wander through the allotment gardens. Tucked away in secret places, all over the city. They await discovery.
They are similar to what we call community gardens in the United States, but different. Most of them have a tiny house or cottage on the property and there is a long waiting list to get one of them. A walk through them and you will see why. Inga invited us in to see her plot as we were exploring the gardens of Eriksdalslunden. She told us they waited 9 years for their spot. She also picked grape tomatoes, warm from the sun, and gave them to us to taste.
We visited gardens in three different areas of Stockholm. At Tantolunden I met a lovely Swedish woman who was tending her flowers and nibbling the raspberries off her bushes as she moved around the plants. She was happy to tell me where to go to see more gardens, careful to tell me which route was best. Gardeners, the world over, are good people.
We passed by one that overlooked the water and the gardeners were sitting out at a little table enjoying the view and a glass of wine. Ahhh. Can you imagine?
Anna Lindhagen, a Swedish nurse (among other things), was instrumental in starting the allotment gardens in Sweden in 1906. I can not think of a greater legacy to leave.
Can you imagine anything nicer than a garden playhouse where you spend endless hours on summer days, surrounded by flowers? Dream. Come. True.