The nursery at Odense Castle


”Register of fruit-tree varieties found in the royal fruit-tree nursery at Odense in 1795” lists the fruit varieties that were grown at the nursery at Odense Castle. The protocol is now at Møntergården in Odense. Photo: René Riis.

Intro

A more than 200-year-old register tells us which fruit varieties were grown at the nursery at Odense Castle and maybe also at other royal nurseries in Denmark. In 1795, a total of 235 different fruit trees were on offer. 102 of these were apple varieties.

Denmark’s garden

Denmark’s garden ”What makes the gardens of Funen remarkable is the number of fruit trees,” wrote the author, Carl Dalgas, in 1837. The coastal areas of Funen are among those with the best climatic conditions for fruit growing and the cultivation of vegetables anywhere in Denmark. This is why Funen is often called Denmark’s garden. A unique protocol. ”Register of fruit-tree varieties found in the royal fruit-tree nursery at Odense in 1795” is now at the museum Møntergården in Odense. What makes 'Den kongelige Frugttræplanteskole i Odense' particularly interesting is - also far beyond the island's borders - that thanks to this more than 200 year old register we know today which fruit varieties were grown at the nursery at Odense Castle and presumably also at the other royal nurseries around Denmark. In 1795 a total of 235 different fruit trees were on offer. No less that 102 of these were apple varieties.

This location is part of the exhibition 'Funen – at the centre of the universe', at Møntergården in Odense. Read more about the exhibition on our website.