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Flor & Fjaere Island

Listed under Formal Gardens in Norway.

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As we boarded the colourful, flower bedecked boat from the pier at Stavanger, excitement built…for we had some inkling of what was coming but we had no clue what was really there… I have seen hundreds of gardens over the years in many countries but never expected to find this type of garden in Norway…it is simply out of this world. Owned by a family that has spent much time and money putting this sanctuary together for others to enjoy is simply remarkable…it is only open a few months a year because of the weather too. Olav Bryn designs the gardens and park year after year. He spends the winter season thinking up and creating new combinations, finding new plants and flowers and looking for nuances not yet tested. The result is an explosion of colours, and when he is asked what his source of inspiration is, he answers quickly: “the rainbow”. Partly joking, but with a solid core of truth. From a windswept island to a palm tree garden in a couple of decades. It all started in 1965, when Åsmund and Else Marie Bryn bought the farmstead Mangela on the northern tip of Sør-Hidle and built themselves a small cottage. Due to poor health, Åsmund was forced to move to Mangela for the peace and quiet. As his health improved, he planted pine trees to provide a wind breaker for the property and started designing a small garden. By 1995, Olav (Åsmund’s son) and his wife, Siri, opened the garden and restaurant to its first guests.

It is a day trip and so worth the time…the boat, the visit of the gardens and then lunch…you go home feeling so much better for it.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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