Allotment Gardens (Kolonilotter) in Årsta
"community gardens". They usually always have a small cottage on the lot as well. I am unsure what they look like in other countries, but in Sweden they are generally very beautiful and well maintained. They usually look like miniature versions of Swedish summer homes. It is always fun to walk around the areas and admire the cottages and gardens.
I read recently that there are around 10,000 people in line for purchasing these gardens in Stockholm! This might also explain why they are so well tended. These garden areas are spread throughout Stockholm, with many of them in the suburbs. There are a few in the city, most notably on the island of Södermalm (where Hotel Rival is located)... like in Tantolunden and Årstalunden. Click here to read an older article I wrote about them.
Dianelunden. The gardens are tucked within the Årsta Forest nature reserve, where we continued our walk. It is wonderful to just walk through the lanes in the gardens, admiring the beautiful cottages and impressive flower and vegetable gardens. Keep in mind though that the gardens are private properties so you can't go into them and will have to admire them from the lane. With that being said, you will probably encounter the owners as they work in their gardens and are generally happy to hear compliments. These gardens are really a slice of Swedish tradition and nature.
Hotel Rival, contact me directly for more information and/or directions.
|You can also visit Årsta forest and...|
|...maybe take a swim?|
|The allotment gardens at Årstalunden as seen across Årstaviken.|