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“Always worth a visit”

Geographical Gardens
Ranked #5 of 69 things to do in Kolding
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Geografisk Have er omtrentlig 100 ar gammel. Begyndelsen pa anlæggelsen af den have, som vi kender i dag, pabegyndte Aksel Olsen i 1917. Aksel Olsen, 1887-1982, dansk gartner og planteskoleejer. I 1917 grundlagde han planteskolen Brændekjærhøj i Kolding og udsendte aret efter kataloger over et stort materiale, især stauder indført fra mange dele af verden, alle udsaet og gennemprøvet under danske forhold. De mange planter fra forskellige verdensdele gav ham ideen til i 1925 at oprette en geografisk botanisk have, hvor planter fra samme hjemegn blev placeret under ensartede forhold. Det var starten pa det vi i dag kender som Geografisk Have. Aksel Olsen har med skovl, spade og hestespand og sit omhyggelige plantevalg formgivet en have, for at hjembringe planter og skabe stiliserede gengivelser af verden udeomkring. Disse landskaber oplever man bedst ved at vandre pa nøje, planlagte stier, der præcist styrer os hen, hvor vi far de bedste kig og mest betagende overraskelser. Kulturarv og have Aksel Olsens Geografisk Have fortæller om fremmede egne bade i scenografi og plantevalg. Haven er udformet saledes, at man skal pirres og sanse undervejs, at man oplever det tætsluttede løv og de store abne vidder, grotten og klippefremspringet, det labyrintiske rum og stejle, dramatiske slugter. Pa ekspedition mod fremmede egne Aksel Olsen var ikke kun en passioneret og kyndig kender indenfor planter, men ogsa poet og tegner. Hans bog “Op ad Chinas blaa flod paa plantejagt” der er udgivet i 1934, er et godt eksempel pa dette særlige talent. Her beskriver Aksel Olsen landskabelige, botaniske og folkloristiske detaljer om sin rejse langs Kinas floder. Rejseoplevelsen indledes med f0lgende scetning: “Har lceseren lyst til at f0lge med en Tur til ‘China -Himalaya’, Landet mellem Tibet og China, som vi nys saa et Glimt af, det Land, der mere end alle andre lande maa ligne hvad vi forestiller os som Paradisets Have.” Rejsebeskrivelser er i dag velkendt som dagbogs-form, der formidler m0det med fremmede egne. Det særlige ved denne bog er imidlertid, at Aksel Olsen aldrig har været pa denne rejse. Bogen er alene en gengivelse af hans egen forestilling om det fjerne, eksotiske land og dets folk. Derfor er hans minuti0st, medrivende rejsebeskrivelse enestaende, ikke kun for sin tid, men som en betagende landskabsfortælling, der ogsa er vedkommende i dag. Talent og brand Aksel Olsen beherskede mange talenter som botanisk ekspertise, praktisk viden og flid men ogsa mere kunstneriske talenter. Aksel Olsen kan ogsa i vor tid være et inspirerende forbillede for botanikere og hverdagslivets haveelskere, men ogsa for vor tids ud0vere af kunst og poesi. Med nutidens begreber var Aksel Olsen trendsætter af have og landskab. Gennem viden og omhu formede Aksel Olsen en have med metoder, hvor man bruger blomster og planter som palet i et tredimensionelt landskabsbillede. Haven er derfors ikke kun historisk og botanisk interessant, men afspejler en pionerand for inspirerende formgivning af havedesign. Derfor er Aksel Olsens Geografisk Have unik og repræsenterer en særlig kulturarv for Kolding og for Danmark.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Kolding, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Always worth a visit”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

Lots of different impressions and proper Danish "hygge". Great family place!

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Florham Park, New Jersey
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Dinner at the Gardens”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

We were looking for some typical Danish fare. Service was very slow and only one other table in the restaurant was occupied. Wine reccomendationwas good but expensive (ask the price before accepting a reccomendation). Meal was OK but not as "Danish" as we were looking for.

Visited June 2012
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Kolding, Denmark
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2 reviews
“Nice park”
Reviewed January 21, 2012

Just a very nice relaxed park to be with some few animals as well and some minor fun for the kids. Good place for a picknick if you are in the area of Kolding.

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Spacious, affordable, beautiful - a great morning out.”
Reviewed July 31, 2011

A party of three generations (the youngest being our 3-year old daughter) we visited Kolding Geographical Gardens one morning in July 2011 after two days of heavy rain. There is a small fee to enter (I think around £6 per adult, discounts for over 60s). The large gardens are set out to reflect the local plants of various parts of the world, including China, Japan and the Americas. There are artificial rock formations, streams and fountains, but all done in an understated way. My daughter had great fun being an explorer / cave fairy etc. Plenty of space for children of all ages to run around and lots of things to see. Wild stawberries too! It was very quiet on the day of our visit (many people put off by the weather I think) and it felt like we had the place to ourselves. There is a sizeable rose garden in the summer and also a greenhouse which has tables inside, presumably for picnics. Additionally, there is a small outside aviary and an area where goats and a donkey are kept which you can easily access for no extra charge. Playpark is next to the cafe, located by the entrance. More than one set of toilets within the gardens and benches provided in rose garden area. Maps provided at entrance together with a quiz sheet. Coffees etc were pricey, but this was our experience throughout Denmark. Advisable to wear walking shoes / trainers as the paths are not concreted, so you really feel like you're in the thick of things!
If you are travelling care of a sat nav, don't be put off if it directs you through residential streets. The main entrance seems to be tucked away a bit.
Overall a great morning out, highly recommended.

Visited July 2011
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