Skåne has more than its fair share of garden centres, many of which are right next to beautiful public parks. With an extensive, varied range of products, they will meet all your green-fingered needs.
What more could the garden-lover wish for, faced with organic basil, hard-wearing gardening aprons, iridescent glass lanterns, soothing ointments for soily, chapped fingers and lupin-scented perfumes? Coffee, of course! Could anything be more perfect than rounding off a garden visit or a shopping trip with a good cup of coffee and a pastry in a pleasant garden setting? Come on a guaranteed green, fragrant and flavoursome tour of the garden shops and cafés of Skåne!
Hallongården. With 6 km of raspberry canes, the farm shop is full of fresh berries, jams and juices, and in the summertime the café serves raspberry cake, raspberry juice and coffee. In Bodarp, between Vellinge and Trelleborg.
Flyinge Plantshop. This is one of Skåne’s largest garden centres with a wide range of products. There’s something for everyone. Flyinge is situated between Lund and Eslöv.
Katrinetorp, near Malmö. This 19th century manor has an English-style park, and beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. There’s a café and restaurant in the pretty inner courtyard, and a farm shop.
Lilla Fiskaregatans Trädgårdsbutik, Lund. This shop in central Lund specialises in tulips and other plants from bulbs. You’ll also find a wide range of dahlias, seeds, pot plants and small plants.
Löddeköpinge Plantskola (in swedish). Gardener Heidi Palmgren has created this plant nursery where you will find green plants, boxwood and other shrubs, various grasses and attractive pots.
Slottsträdgården in Malmö.An oasis of tranquillity in the heart of the city. Enjoy the themed gardens, or buy organic vegetables, plants and flowers. Skåne’s best carrot cake is served in the glasshouse amid the tomatoes and the peppers!
Tirups Örtagård, near Staffanstorp. One of Europe’s largest herb gardens, with more than 600 varieties. Wander around and enjoy the fragrances. Take an orange thyme plant home, and sample the delicious cakes at the café.
Vellinge Plantskola, near Trelleborg. A wide selection perennial plants, trees and shrubs. This garden centre also stocks an extensive range of pond accessories.
Ting Ute & Inne, near Trelleborg. A range of decorative items for the home and garden. Show garden and large shop.
Apotekarns Trädgård. One of Simrishamn’s most beautiful gardens lay overgrown in the centre of the town. It has now been restored, and features old-fashioned roses and boxwood varieties, combined with new and exciting garden design. At Apotekarns Bed & Breakfast you can enjoy breakfast beneath the wisteria pergola.
Blå Huset, Borrby. The garden shop, Tant Grön, is right next to Blå Huset’s large inspiration garden. High quality garden tools and garden ornaments.
Haven Österlen, Gärsnäs. For those who love greenhouses filled with different plants. Summer house with fragrant camellias. Garden furniture made from ornate cast iron. High-ceilinged orangeries. Haven Österlen offers peace and quiet, as well as talks about gardening and healing.
Ulriksdals Trädgård in Kivik. This English-style 19th century garden has a famous collection of Christmas roses. You can buy berry plants, magnolias, peonies and Christmas roses from the plant nursery.
Åbergs Trädgård and Café, near Ystad. A garden centre with a long history, selling most types of plants including some unusual varieties, such as various wood anemones. Try the café’s salad platter, featuring home-grown organic produce.
Bosjökloster at Lake Ringsjön, near Höör. A beautiful old castle setting with large grounds featuring extensive flower beds. The sight of two thousand roses in bloom is impressive, but you’ll also find lilies, peonies, a herb garden, a thousand-year-old oak and much more. Café and restaurant.
Klinta Kryddor & Grönt (in swedish) near Höör. Organic shop selling home-grown vegetables. The plant and gift shop sells plants and garden tools from England, as well as handmade patchwork quilts. Sip coffee beneath the kiwi plants in the greenhouse or out in the charming garden.
Bäckdalens Handelsträdgård near spectacular Hovs Hallar, south of Båstad. Here you can buy organic herbs and salads. The garden centre is famous for its many varieties of basil. Nursery with summer flowers and other plants.
Fredriksdal Museums and Gardens in Helsingborg. Wander around the beautiful park, between enormous beech hedges and a fragrant rose garden. The Flora Linnéa plant shop sells a wide selection of roses, and the gift shop stocks an extensive range of garden books. Stop at the café in the park, where celebrity chef Gastro sells home-made pies and cakes.
Hillesgården (in swedish), is surrounded by trees on the southern slope of Hallandsås. Here you can wander among ponds and waterfalls in the park, visit the petting zoo and the bird palace, and eat waffles at the park café. The shop has a wide range of home-grown herb products, as well as health foods and honey.
Krapperup near Höganäs is a 16th century manor house surrounded by beautiful grounds that are open to visitors. The café serves home-baked treats and tasty dishes, and the gift shop sells soaps, teas, candles, woollen blankets and much more.
Linneaträdgården (in swedish) in Helsingborg’s Maria Park serves lunch, coffee and waffles in a unique glasshouse setting and a newly restored garden. Plant shop and organic vegetables.
Norrviken Gardens in Båstad is the place to take a walk through what was voted the most beautiful park of 2006. There are also garden tours, a nature school and drawing competitions for children. The shop sells exclusive Bjäre products, designer pots and floral perfumes. There is also a café and restaurant serving coffee and light lunches.
Sofiero Palace and Gardens in Helsingborg has walks through the beautiful grounds, as well as a gift shop and a garden shop selling plants, seeds and pots. The café serves food, salads and delicious cakes daily.
Stenestad Park is a nature reserve on Söderåsen where you can roam free among pretty beech forests. See new and traditional varieties of fruit and berries, magnolias and rhododendrons. There are also plants for sale and a café.
Blåherremölla in Maglehem, south of Kristianstad, is an attractive 17th century working mill. There is a museum, and stone-ground flour and crafts for sale. The mill café serves homemade cakes, French toast and waffles. You can also try authentic Skåne egg cake with bacon.
Flädergården in Vinslöv has Sweden’s oldest elder bushes, and a farm shop with 15 different elderflower products. The café serves elderflower waffles with cream and elderberry jam.
Fina Fisken gallery café (in swedish) in Åhus serves food in the garden, and offers seafood lunches as well as coffee and waffles. Idyllic garden location in the old part of Åhus.
Wanås Castle and Sculpture Park, Göingebygden. Wander around and enjoy the beautiful sculpture park, or look at exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists. The café has seating inside and outside, and serves pies, salads, cakes, waffles and other treats.