Scandinavia 2002, Observations from the Exchange Propagator
Rod R. Ackerman
I would like to start by thanking the members of the Scandinavian Region and all of the other plants-persons that I had the fortunate opportunity to meet while traveling across Denmark. Their openness and willingness to share information was exemplary, as well as their hospitality to a foreign visitor.
My first taste of horticulture in Denmark was obtained while walking through a residential area in Copenhagen, a chance to stretch the legs after a long flight. Knowing little of Denmark upon my arrival I was amazed by the small, but meticulous gardens kept by the residence of Copenhagen. Every yard was surrounded by a hedge (I later found out that the tradition had ancient roots, first used to control livestock, later a law to mark property lines, and now an everyday tradition). Beyond the hedges you would expect to see lawn/grass, maybe a few shrubs, but instead a wealth of plant material was found, only in the largest of "yards" could you find grass. If there wasn't room for a garden,
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