I have no less than three houses myself of thirty, forty and fifty square meters respectively. They are first and foremost indispensable for growing plants in and for winter storage of more delicate plants (two of the houses are heated during winter.) Another big advantage of having the greenhouses is that they add a lot to the atmosphere of the garden.
The Victorian Greenhouse
The Greenhouse Studio
When I get an idea, I am quick at putting it into action. The idea about the new greenhouse was conceived in the summer of 2012. And the following spring the house was completed.
This time I chose to commission a greenhouse company to be responsible for the entire design and build process. Drivadan got the assignment. This company are great experts at building with steel constructions and they are a large supplier to e.g. garden centres who want a glass covered shopping area.
My good friend and sparring partner Kjeld Slot suggested that I build a pyramid shaped greenhouse, and he drew up the design. Kjeld did the sketching, and Drivadan drew up the final plan. This worked perfectly.
From the beginning I realised that this house was meant more for people than for plants. I had glass shelves put up and soon the greenhouse was decorated with vases and ornaments from floor to ceiling. In everyday speech I call the house my studio, for this I where I can make all my flower arrangements and be creative. It is a wonderful universe, and when, during winter, I light a fire in the open fireplace, it is particularly cosy.
Finally, I want to mention that my gardeners are also frequent users of this house. When it is too cold to sit outside, they have their lunch and coffee breaks here. It is pure luxury to have such a room.
Already after the first couple of seasons I outgrew the Victorian greenhouse, so soon I wanted an even bigger house – a bigger nursery. It should be possible to heat it during winter, so I could store less hardy plants here in the cold season.
I wanted a wooden greenhouse, and I knew from the beginning that the house should be unique and created especially for this space. Therefore, I contacted an architecture company that I had worked with before, and they came up with many excellent solutions. Amongst other things they suggested that the roof should consist of a metal frame with double glazed windows, while the rest of the house – including the glazing bar windows – should be built from timber.
During winter an electric fan heater keeps the temperature between five and ten degrees which is just perfect.
The garden rooms
Today there is no lawn left in the garden. And who really needs grass? I do not; and neither do the insects that benefit from all the flowers in the garden. The subsections here give an impression of how the garden rooms and the greenhouses look.
The Container Kitchen Garden
My latest room in the garden is the Container Kitchen Garden which saw the light of day in 2020 behind the Victorian green house…
The Sunken Garden
When we moved here, there was a swimming pool close to the forest. It must have been a nice spot, when the pool was built…
The Outdoor Kitchen
Even though this is not an actual garden room, it is still a room in the garden. The outdoor kitchen lies behind the house…