Book Reviews

A photo book by Leif Södergren

A garden in gothenburgThe 83 pages of this book are filled with wonderfull photos of Gothenburg’s Garden Society’s park in the centre of Gothenburg. The photos cover each area of the park in detail. This book is in both English with a Swedish and gives some of the history of the park together with brief descriptions of the hidden corners and delights of a well-kept park in the middle of a big city. Gothenburg’s Garden Society’s park or Trädgårdsförening was started in 1842 and is now one of the best preserved parks dating from that time in Europe.

The Trädgårdsförening is a treasure trove for the botanically inquisitive. Personally I have always been intrigued by the Palm House and I was pleased to read that it was built by a firm from Arbroath, Scotland and that it once was home to a monkey and a speaking parrot. Now-a-days there is only the occasion sparrow.

This book is a celebration of one of the world’s finest botanic gardens. Not only does this book contain some stunning photos but also a ‘largom’ amount of description that keep you reading. This book would be nice souvenir of a stay in Gothenburg and a way of capturing the delights of many visits for people who live here.

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