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Issue 37 · Stealth Glamour · September 13, 2012

An Enchanted Garden in Sweden

Issue 37 · Stealth Glamour · September 13, 2012

One would expect lavish gardens to surround the stone castle-turned-hotel called Häringe Slott near Stockholm. One would not be disappointed:

To see the interiors, go to An Enchanted Castle in Sweden.

Photographs via Ingalls Photography.

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

Above: Banker Torsten Kreuger built the gardens in the early 1930s.

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

Above: Wildflowers and fruit.

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

Above: Disconsolate at his inability 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 and and did not return to Häringe Slott until after the war ended.

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

Above: The Häringe-Hammersta Nature Reserve has farmlands and pastures.

Above: The landscape is varied, including coastal bays.

Above: Twilight at the end of the dock.

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

For more Swedish garden design, see "Oudoors: Ulf Nordfjell Garden Design."

(N.B.: This is an update of a post that ran on July 6, 2012.)

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