In Växjö – Europe's greenest city – you're never far from parks, lakes, or nature.
We're constantly working to create accessibility and content that attracts people of all ages to outdoor life in different forms, while contributing to health and quality of life.
Lugnets Park is a city park in an old environment with a history of cultivation.
The stone walls, old fruit trees, roses and lilacs reveal traces of the past. Perched on a beautiful western slope, the park offers lush trees, grassy fields, beautiful meadows and gardens, a playground, and a playing field.
The park has a rustic character, and the playground's farm theme includes equipment designed as cows, horses, and pigs.
Lugnets Park has a classic flowerbed with "grandmother's flowers" – hardy, longlasting flowers that have been cultivated in Sweden for centuries and were typical of ordinary gardeners 3–5 generations ago. Among these flowers are bleeding hearts, day lilies, peonies, and phlox. The flowers featured in this garden were available at Swedish nurseries before 1940; they are so culturally valuable that many can still be found at nurseries today, despite tough competition from new varieties.
You will also find 35 varieties of peony here. Peonies come into their short bloom season in June, but by including a variety of flowers that succeed one another, we've managed to lengthen the bloom period somewhat.
Arabyparken is a wonderful city park with beautiful woods, a pillared beech forest, generous grassy areas, a new playground and a rose garden.
Its rose garden is a veritable gardening catalogue with an assortment of around fifty beautiful, robust, low-maintenance roses suitable to this part of the country. Here you'll find climbing roses, wild roses, and both old-fashioned and modern shrub roses. Garden roses, the most common roses in Sweden's public gardens, are not featured in this garden as they require a great deal of care and are relatively shortlived.
Arabyparken's roses have their most beautiful and intense flowering period at the end of June and beginning of July, but even in September and October some varieties have a lovely autumn bloom. Many of the selected roses also provide numerous, colourful rose hips in late summer and autumn.
Spetsamossen is undergoing an extensive transformation into an urban meeting place and activity park. The work on the park began in May 2009 and will continue for several years.
The skate park was first on the scene and has become the park's natural meeting place. Friends meet up for a few hours of skating here while locals come check out the skaters' skills and tricks.
Want to take it easy? Come relax in a hammock with a view of the glorious flowerbeds. From here you're close to the minigolf course once you're ready to get up and go again.
Additionally, a "play lab" is coming to the park in the next year, an exciting place for all playful people.
Växjö stadspark is a five-kilometre park trail around Växjösjön lake offering beautiful surroundings and a wide range of activities and experiences.
Here you will find everything from flowers, water systems and bridges to wild parks, squares, art and open grassy areas for play and games, all situated around a lake in the middle of town.
Linnéparken, centrally located by the cathedral, is a part of Växjö stadspark featuring beautiful flowers. A building known as Karolinerhuset is preserved in the park. It was completed in 1715 and housed Växjö's upper secondary school until the 1850s.
Carl Linnaeus was a student at the school. The park includes a garden planted according to Linnaeus' sexual system, in which Linnaeus' classifications of the plant kingdom into 24 classes is represented with ordinary plants. A cactus plantation with an annual theme, a flower-lined street, perennials and shrubs, an outdoor stage and water features are all among the park's attractions.
Strandbjörket is Växjö's most exciting play area, featuring play equipment on large lawns. For families and people of all ages, Strandbjörket is both a destination and a meeting place. Children of all sizes can play here, and the playground is accessible to children with disabilities. With outdoor seating right next to the play area, Strandbjörket's café attracts many visitors during the summer months.
Linnéträdgården was designed by Ulf Nordfjell, Sweden's foremost landscape architect. He has created a modern Linnaeus tribute garden that reflects today's interest in architecture, art, design, nature, and gardens. Familiar wild varieties are displayed in simple arrangements with typical Linnaeus varieties, including Martagon lilies, European wild ginger, Jovibarba, and of course Linnaeus' own flower, Linnaea borealis (twinflower), all framed by traditional Swedish materials such as granite, timber, and steel.
The garden participated in the May 2007 Chelsea Flower Show in London, Europe's most prestigious garden show. It was awarded a gold medal and received a great deal of attention from the public and the media. The garden is permanently displayed on the shore of the Trummen lake in Växjö.
This castle with grounds has a peculiar style and expression that has fascinated and inspired many visitors. The castle was originally a wedding gift, and now – over one hundred years later – it has been converted into a hotel, conference and banquet location. The park was built in 1931 and has beautifully groomed lawns and flowerbeds, as well as a natural park with hilly terrain, rhododendrons, and large beech, birch, oak, and pine trees.
The park is located next to Linnaeus University overlooking Lake Trummen.
From the castle, you'll find access to several beautiful walking trails. The walk around Lake Trummen via the castle bridge is 3.5 km; via Växjösjön lake it is 4.5 km, and a figure-eight around the two lakes is approximately 8 km. South of Teleborg Castle is Teleborg's nature reserve, consisting of various landscapes with open fields and rich pastures.
Linnés Arboretum is an exciting project in the 40-hectare Teleborg's spruce forest, which is close to a residential area and was largely devastated by storms in 2005 and 2007.
The forest now planted will become a unique arboretum in the spirit of Linnaeus, with both regional and exotic plants from Europe, Asia and America. The forest already serves as an area for locals to play and learn.
The aim of the arboretum is, through collaboration with researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp, to show a Swedish and Nordic example of how in-depth knowledge can be used in practice.
Park and garden plants are planted here using a new, dynamic, and longterm approach. Over time you will be able to experience everything from wilderness areas to exotic locations with strains of different colours and shapes, and unusual flowers and leaves. This garden features pink flowering Sargent's cherry blossoms, clumps of bulbs and beds of bamboo and azaleas.
Ten thousand seedlings of 150 varieties were planted between 2008 and 2010.
We hope that Linnés Arboretum will be a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. People will definitely be surprised by how quickly an extraordinary forest environment can grow.