ISSUE 24  |  Scandi Midsummer

Garden Visit: An Enchanted Garden in Sweden

June 17, 2014 10:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

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One would expect to find lavish gardens surrounding the stone castle-turned-hotel called Häringe Slott, near Stockholm. And one would not be disappointed:

Photography via Ingalls Photography.

Above: Located on the edge of a nature preserve a half-hour drive from Stockholm, the Häringe estate’s sprawling gardens date to the 1930s. A succession of wealthy and eccentric industrialists-turned-collectors owned the property, and each put his idiosyncratic mark on it.

Above: The interior design brings the outdoors in. To see the interiors, go to An Enchanted Castle in Sweden.

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Above: It was banker Torsten Kreuger who built the gardens in the early 1930s.

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Above: After Kreuger went bankrupt in the 1930s, Häringe Slott was bought by Axel Wenner-Gren, a vacuum-cleaner magnate who owned Electrolux. 

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Above: Summer wildflowers and fruit from the property.

Above: An inveterate collector, Wenner-Gren entertained celebrity acquaintances such as Greta Garbo and Josephine Baker at his palace.

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Above: Disconsolate at his failure to broker diplomatic relations between Germany and England that would have prevented World War II, Wenner-Gren and his wife left Sweden on their yacht. They returned to Häringe Slott only after the war ended.

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Above: After Wenner-Gren’s death in 1961, the castle’s furnishings were sold off. The property’s subsequent owner, Olle Hartwig, painstakingly reacquired the collection.

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Above: The castle is set by the sea in the Häringe-Hammersta Nature Reserve, which has farmlands and pastures.

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Above: The landscape is varied, including a pond and coastal bays.

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Above: Twilight at the end of the dock.

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Above: Wenner-Gren and his wife, Marguerite, are buried near the castle’s East Wing.

For more Swedish garden design, see “Outdoors: Ulf Nordfjell Garden Design.”

This is an update of a post originally published July 6, 2012.