The Valls Hage arboretum in Sweden as a knowledge-source and a renewal project
A restoration of the arboretum Valls Hage about 170 km north of Stockholm in Sweden is to be realized. The arboretum has got a strict focus on the variation within the woody flora of Sweden. The rich variety within some of the genera and species makes the collection to a very important gene resource for future. In this paper we highlight some of the most valuable cultivars and clones found, as well as some of the possible new introductions. In the discussion about the future, questions about the focus of the arboretum, as well as the geographical limits for the origin of introduced plants are raised. A direction is pointed out changing the focus from forestry towards ecology, horticulture, ethno-botany and outdoor learning to attract and activate a broader public. In the renewal work a successful propagation of valuable trees and shrubs is crucial not to lose parts of the present gene pool. Therefore the shortage of practical propagation knowledge and skill in Sweden is a problem to handle.
Gunnarsson, A. and Lorentzon, K. (2017). The Valls Hage arboretum in Sweden as a knowledge-source and a renewal project. Acta Hortic. 1189, 303-310
botanical garden, recreation, dendrology, indigenous woody species