Plans without Plants? – The Early Modern Status Garden in the North

Author(s): Annemari Tranberg

Year: 2018


Garden culture reached the northernmost Sweden, creating new spaces by locals and newcomers from Central-Europe. The history of status gardens in the north affiliate with the spread of ironworks and trade connections. The idea of formal gardening arrived in Tornio during the late 17th century as garden drawings from Tornio and Kengisbruk ironworks imply. The garden fashion, which studied using macrofossils and maps, was visible more in structures and plans than in plants. However, gardens and town planning appears to follow the main genres of art and architectural streams.  After the mid-18th century, town identity expresses with plans predicting changing townscape. The town plot gardening and early steps of public greenspace dominated the townscape. In Tornio, the 19th century was time for garden culture, especially town gardens - parks, to materialize. 

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Plans without Plants? – The Early Modern Status Garden in the North. Annemari Tranberg. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441735)

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garden Macrofossil Town

Geographic Keywords
Finland Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
Early modern

Spatial Coverage

min long: 19.648; min lat: 59.807 ; max long: 31.582; max lat: 70.089 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 422