[Infographic] How to create your urban garden?
Going for a run, thinking, laying on the ground and staring at the clouds wandering in the sky, observing and taking a picture of things and people, going for a walk solo or with some friends, your partner or your dog.
Everyone lives parks in their own way. Town’s parks are seen as little real corners of nature, as a limited space giving the chance to spend some slow-paced time and enjoying themselves.
We already talked about Southern European’s parks (magazine.stigalawnmowers.co.uk/a-journey-through-the-most-beautiful-gardens-in-the-world-southern-europe), so we’re now going to see the Northerner ones.
Vigeland Park (Vigelandsparken in Norwegian) is one of the most famous spots in Oslo, Norway’s capital city. Also called the Sculpture Park, it’s one of the most visited places in town: it has over 1 million visitors every year, due to the permanent exhibition of over 200 sculpture made out of bronze, granite and wrought iron by the Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943), whose the park is named after.
It roughly covers 320 hectares and it has a length of 850 meters; it is a part of Frognerparken, the biggest public park in Oslo. Vigeland Park develops in five main areas: the Gate, the Bridge, the Fountain, the Monolith’s terrace and the Wheel of Life. Let’s take a closest look together:
3 fun facts about Vigeland Park
Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s green space. Designed in 1864 by the architect L.D. Zocher, it was commissioned by wealthy citizens willing to give the town a green area for workers living in the area to enjoy they free time. It was first opened in June 1865 as New Park (Nieuwe Prak) and then named Vondelpark in 1867, after the statue of the eminent poet and play writer Joost van den Vondel was erected.
It covers an area of 45 hectares roughly, and it was donated to the city in the 50s. It is now managed by a specific association which takes care of its maintenance and renovation.
Vondelpark is always crowded, and not only with tourists: if you want to feel like an actual “Amsterdammer” you must visit this park!
There are a lot of things to do in Vondelpark: people go there for a walk, to jog, to have picnics, to see concerts and to go horse riding. A golf tournament – and a corrida, too – is organised once a year. There are several statues in the park, but the most famous one is Picasso’s “The Fish”.
The park hosts several amusements: other than being a cinema museum, the famous FilmMuseum hosts contemporary movies and past gems exhibitions; there also is an outdoor theatre (Openluchttheater) which hosts concerts, dance and theater exhibitions from June to August, all for free; and the Round Blue Teahouse (Ronde Blauwe Theehuis) or, as the Dutch say, the “flying saucepan” as its shape and colour are somewhat “alien” if compared to how the rest of the park looks.
Holland is also known as “the biggest flower store in the world” (floristry industry is the main one in the country), and the Dutch take flowers very seriously. Tulips are the national iconic flower, but other varieties of flowers are taken into consideration as well.
In 1936, a rose garden with more than 70 varieties has been created at the center of Vondelpark for the pleasure of flowers’ lovers, and it can be admired in all its beauty in summer.
2 fun facts about Vondelpark
Visitors of both the Emerald Island and Dublin and its suburbs might be familiar with Deerpark. It’s an extended green area and as it’s simply enclosed by a low wall and there’s no gate to close it, it is entered anytime as the majority of Irish parks.
It is located in a quiet residential area between Goatstown and Mount Merrion, two neighborhoods in south-west Dublin. Deerpark was created in XVIII century to the will of Richard Fitzwilliam, 5th Viscount Fitzwilliam (1677-1743), an Irish nobleman and politician belonging to one of the wealthiest landowner families in Dublin; the Fitzwilliams were the owners, within the others, of Mount Merrion area.
Deerpark has a really unique morphology : located on the wooded Mount Merrion’s hill, it’s not a flat park, but it has some differences in height. The top area of the park, from where you can enjoy the view on both Dublin’s bay and on Dún Laoghaire, an autonomous harbour area, is the central; during long summer evenings, unforgettable sunsets in the shades of light pink and bright orange can be observed from there.
On this mound, some emerged – actually, most likely to have been placed on purpose – rocks form a circle, and it’s not unusual to see groups of young people gathering around the small fireside made out of some small rocks in the center of the area.
It has been extend in 1971, due to the acquisitions of some privately owned lands in the surrounding area. Despite its uneven morphology, it stands out for its vast spaces: there are sports facilities, such as goals for football, Gaelic football and rugby, and it includes Deerpark Tennis Club.
To lay in Deerpark’s grass means to get lost in the constantly changing Irish sky, with clouds drawing the most bizarre shapes, and to forget about everything that’s beyond the enclosure.
Deerpark is the right place to savour the best Guinness ever, to kiss the person you love, to have a solitary stroll, to gather with friends to sing your favorite songs and to go for a run across its boulevards.
3 fun facts about Deerpark
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