The creation of Frejs Nyttehave
In 2022, a new project will begin at the Viking Museum Ladby with support from Friluftsrådet and Havefonden of 2007. As part of The Ladby King’s World, the museum will build a utility garden, named after the Norse mythology god of fertility, Frej. We do not know how gardens were planted in the Viking Age, but we know a lot about which plants were grown. The garden must be laid out with round raised beds made of oak poles. The beds will therefore look like a miniature version of The Ladby King’s burial mound, which was originally made from oak poles. In 40 round raised beds, 40 of the plants the Vikings grew will be planted, sown, and harvested when the time comes. Work in the garden will begin in the spring of 2022 as a collaboration between volunteers and the museum’s staff. The purpose of the garden is to create a popular utility garden, since the museum’s guests will eventually be involved in cultivating the garden, and the crops will be used in the museum’s presentations.
The Viking Museum is currently looking for volunteers for the new garden group – if you would like to join, you can write to museum curator Ane Jepsen [email protected]