Frederiksborg’s Baroque Gardens

It’s late summer in Denmark now. Some trees are slowly turning orange and the fall is on its way. But after the rainy and cold July, August has been surprisingly nice. When it’s this nice, we try to go outside.

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Ellena is still here, visiting us, so I took her to the Frederiksborg Castle. We decided to leave the castle itself for another – possibly rainy – day, and instead explored just the castle gardens.

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The baroque garden was created in 1720. It fell into neglect in the late 1800’s but was recreated in the 1990’s. Today it is well-tended and breathtakingly beautiful.

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The baroque gardens are always very formal; the aesthetic tightly controlled. But this is Denmark and in Denmark, even the baroque gardens have an organic feel to them. On a closer look, the flawless carpet of green grass is spotted with dandelions. The border of the neatly trimmed hedges is dotted with all kinds of flowers.

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Some are stately.

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And some are not so much.

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Of course, the garden changes throughout the summer. I plan to visit it throughout all the spring and summer months next year. The August garden is very colorful.

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Ellena and I really enjoyed our day here.

Many of the statues in the garden – those of the Greek gods and goddesses, were constructed in the 1600s and later copies were made at the end of the 1800s.

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This is Athena.
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And this is Diana.
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Royal looking grapes grow in giant flower pots.

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There is a train station nearby for one of the local trains, but I haven’t taken that train yet. Next time. For now, I’ve been taking the E train to Hillerød and walking through town and around the lake. Entrance to the gardens is free of charge.

 

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