The Container Kitchen Garden

The Container Kitchen Garden

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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. Here I established a small garden within the garden – surrounded by a fence – with vegetables, fruit trees and bushes in containers.

I have never actually had a vegetable garden here. The idea for this garden was conceived in connection with me writing and publishing a couple of books on vegetarian cooking a few years back. This made me want to try to grow my own edible produce.

As I did not think that I had enough room for an actual kitchen garden, I decided to try to grow in pots. My first attempts were made in 2019, and they went really well. The following year I therefore decided to write a book on the subject. It was published in 2021 and was given the title ‘Min krukkekøkkenhave’ (My Container Kitchen Garden).
As it quite quickly turned out, I had hit a trend of the times, which partly had to do with the wish of being able to grow your own edible produce and partly to be doing so in a limited space. And one of the things that is particularly appealing is the fact that you can move your pots around and create beautiful compositions.

Claus Dalby’s Garden club

As a member of my garden club, you will have the opportunity to visit my garden once a year. You furthermore receive monthly inspiration videos in Danish and will have access to more than 200 videos - - also in Danish - on the website. Finally, you are also invited to lectures that I give, and you get a discount on my Danish books. 

The Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden

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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 approximately thirty years ago, but as the trees grew and began to cast longer shades, this place was no longer ideal for a pool. The water was quite simply so cold that it was no pleasure jumping in.

We therefore agreed at one point to drop the pool and utilise the depression it left behind for a sunken garden room – that was aptly named The Sunken Garden. Cobblestones were chosen as paving, and the room was surrounded by a wide yew hedge and form-cut hornbeams that I ordered from Holland. 

 All the plants in The Sunken Garden (except from some low yew hedges) are planted in pots so I can move them around. It is a white garden with only white flowers and matching foliage plants. In spring narcissi and tulips play the main part, while dahlias add lushness to the room from high summer and throughout the rest of the season. 

Claus Dalby’s Garden club

As a member of my garden club, you will have the opportunity to visit my garden once a year. You furthermore receive monthly inspiration videos in Danish and will have access to more than 200 videos - - also in Danish - on the website. Finally, you are also invited to lectures that I give, and you get a discount on my Danish books. 

The Outdoor Kitchen

The Outdoor Kitchen

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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, just a few steps from the kitchen inside. And as luck will have it, this is the sunniest spot on the property. From just before midday and until sunset this spot is bathed in sun. And this is rather unique when you, as I, live in the city.

In the outdoor kitchen we have established hot water, a built-in gas burner, an open fireplace and a built-in pizza oven. And both underneath the large parasol and the dining table there are heat lamps. This means that you can still sit outside during the early months of spring and the later months of autumn. It is particularly cosy not only to eat outside, but also to prepare your meals here.

Claus Dalby’s Garden club

As a member of my garden club, you will have the opportunity to visit my garden once a year. You furthermore receive monthly inspiration videos in Danish and will have access to more than 200 videos - - also in Danish - on the website. Finally, you are also invited to lectures that I give, and you get a discount on my Danish books. 

The Shade Garden

The Shade Garden

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The Shade Garden

This garden room lies in the upper part of the garden, right next to the forest, where there is quite a lot of shade. Shade can be several things, of course. Obviously, the forest casts shade, but not in the same way as a solid wall or something like that would.

And during the lighter months, when the sun is high in the sky, the bed gets both morning and evening sun. We have a lot of bulbs in the borders here and they are primarily white or cream coloured. The same goes for the flowering plants in this border. In between dots of yellow can be found.

We do not have that many big trees in the garden, as the forest covers most of our needs, but in the shade garden we planted birches some years ago. Primarily because of their white trunks.
When people heard of my plans, I was warned about how thirsty birches are and about how difficult it would be for us to grow them here. This did not put me off, however, so I planted the trees and have had no problems whatsoever. This is surely due to the fact that our clay soil is fairly water retentive.

Claus Dalby’s Garden club

As a member of my garden club, you will have the opportunity to visit my garden once a year. You furthermore receive monthly inspiration videos in Danish and will have access to more than 200 videos - - also in Danish - on the website. Finally, you are also invited to lectures that I give, and you get a discount on my Danish books. 

The Woodland Garden

The Woodland Garden

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The Woodland Garden

The house was what we fell in love with and then of course it’s location right next to Riis Skov. What I did not know was that I would have every opportunity to¨create a very diverse garden around the house. One of the great advantages is that on the property there are both places with changing sun, dappled shade and shade. This means that it has been possible for me to create very diverse garden rooms.
Next to the forest it seemed obvious to create a woodland garden. One would perhaps think that this is a place almost entirely in shade. But no, here is both morning and evening sun. Fortunately, many plants thrive in these conditions. Out in the sun they would simply not do well. The thing is that many of the plants that I have planted in the woodland garden naturally belong in similar habitats.

From a design point of view the woodland garden differs from the rest of the garden, where I prefer straight lines. Here the style of the English landscape garden with its winding paths is more prevalent. And yet I think that I have managed to make the different rooms merge into one harmonious whole.

Claus Dalby’s Garden club

As a member of my garden club, you will have the opportunity to visit my garden once a year. You furthermore receive monthly inspiration videos in Danish and will have access to more than 200 videos - - also in Danish - on the website. Finally, you are also invited to lectures that I give, and you get a discount on my Danish books.