Copenhagen Botanical Gardens – a Dangerous Place

Dangerous for a quilter, anyway! There are far too many textures and interesting shapes.  One could almost say that Pat and I couldn’t see the forest for the trees.

There have been botanical gardens in Copenhagen since the 1600’s. In the current location, the garden’s main conservatory is set up as a series of glasshouses which date back to 1874. P1010188The palm house in the middle is a large circle with many paths through it. The upper-level walkway is accessed by spiral staircases, and gives you a birds eye view of the trees from the air. Attached to this building on either side are long houses with smaller circular ones on the other end.  Five different growing climates are represented.

Imagine a cool, rainy day – tramping through the city. We opened a door and find ourselves in the jungle!  Warm, humid (camera lenses fogging up), the smell of green!  So many colours and shapes and patterns as well. P1010189We climbed the cast iron staircase, and entered a world of tree tops. Branches reached out as so many angles – so many different shapes of leaves and flowers. P1010238Until my lens defogged, I just used my phone to capture what caught my attention. IMG_5575

We were not there as gardeners, although we both love gardening – we were there as quilters, discovering a wide array of unusual lines and quilting patterns, IMG_5566 different flowers and leaves. Why put a simple flower with five rounded petals on your quilt when you could use one like thisP1010247or this?P1010309We wandered down each path, looking downP1010254and upP1010270By the time we had finished in the Palm House, our camera batteries were already showing half dead!

The small house on one end had butterflies in it – landing on flowers and leaves, and folding their wings just as we went to take a close-up shot.P1010338

All in all, it took us over 2 1/2 hours to wander through the five glass houses. We saw magical flowers that no man could think up –P1010219P1010329

colours and shapes that excited our imagination –P1010244


simple lines that soothed and calmed –P1010285



There are other long glass houses set apart as well. The one that we found open was all succulents. We didn’t spend much time there as there was a class of sorts going on, and it just had one narrow pathway. P1010399Still, the specimens were quite amazing.  I’ve never really been a cactus person, due probably to stepping in too many of them as a child on the Prairies, but these flowers….. wow!P1010395One last look at the great glass houses of the University of Copenhagen botanical GardensP1010401And then off to see Rosenborg Castle – too late! We had spent too much time in the gardens.  I guess we will just have to visit Copenhagen again.

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8 Responses to Copenhagen Botanical Gardens – a Dangerous Place

  1. Evelyn says:

    What a marvelous tour – I’m looking at all that lush tropical vegetation as I’m sitting in SW Ontario with cold pouring rain. Will be a green Christmas here – wishing you a Merry Christmas and thank you for all the wonderful photos and info you have posted about your adventures.

    • And I’m looking out at snow and ice. I go into garden centres and greenhouses all winter for he same reason…. Just to smell the air. Worked in a large greenhouse one spring. It was the perfect job when it was -25 outside.

    • Hi Evelyn,

      Thanks for sharing the fabulous photos. They remind me of Dianne Firth’s botanically inspired quilts…hmmm more ideas there. 😉

      If you do a google image search for Dianne Firth you’ll see what I mean.

      Enjoy the rest of the trip.


  2. I wish i went there when I visited, looks beautiful 🙂 great pictures

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! The closest opportunity I’ve had for such an adventure were the Moody Gardens’ Pyramid Botanical Gardens in Galveston, Texas, here in the states. Hurricane Ike gave it a very close call with some damage. Fortunately – the state came to the rescue and repairs saved the experience!

  4. cuz says:

    All I can say is WOW what a tour of the gardens!!!!!!!THANX

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