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For the big garden party today.


Some are expecting rain

Our food tent

Another food tent

Many artists are already here to set up their projects

My own project – The Zen Dirt Garden

Carefully weeded and cultivated!

Somewhat ephemeral

The destination of our trip was Gunillaberg, an estate run by the danish floral artist Tage Andersen. The weather was a perfect mix of grey clouds, rain and even some sun. 

There are lots of animals of various old fashion species and races that keep the grass perfectly trimmed. 

A wild profusion of trees, bushes, shrubs, weeds and flowers


And gobs of garden art

For many people the high point might be a concert in the conservatory

Or one of Tages pastries in the outdoor cafe

Or a visit to the outhouse.

We are now busy getting everything in order for the Big Garden Party festival. Weeding, watering, cleaning, baking, buying stuff, planning and putting into action all the crazy ideas for a fun time this coming saturday 22 july. 

Everyone we know and/or know us are welcome!!!!

The Tipi is up in place. 

The stage decor is being made.   

We are getting ready for the annual garden party with music, art, food and events. It takes place next saturday (15 aug) from 1500 o’clock till all hours of the night. All freinds close enough are invited. 

A couple of picts from last year.   


A few days ago we spent a rainy afternoon viewing the summer art exhibition at Rånäs Slott (Rånäs Castle).


Much of the art was in the park.   

These twig pods had microphones sending out animal sounds powered by solar cells and batteries and other electronics protected from the rain in boxes with glass covers. 


Lots of green vegetation, water, art and archetecture. Here, bows of morning glories over a canal.  


Some great ideas for garden art at the art galleries I visited while the garden is drying out. 

Matti Kallioinen 


Lisa Jonasson




And other artists


Yesterday I spent the afternoon in Stockholm where I haven’t been since early spring. My first stop was my favorite coffee shop – Vetekatten – for afternoon coffee.


Then to the art show opening at Magasin 3. Part of the show was in a park at the harbor.


‘Garden art’


At the gallery Katharina Grosse, Sol LeWitt, Walter De Maria are the trio of artists making up the main exhibition. Katharina Grosse made the enormous inflated spheres. Just right for my garden, if they wouldn’t blow away.

I also favored the restfull video installation by Pipilotti Rist, where one lays on a pile of carpets and watches a projection on the ceiling. One is filmed under water in a lake with colorful debris floating around. It’s like laying on the bottom of a lake for about a half an hour. The other is at ground level looking up through the grass, bushes and trees, etc. A bugs eye view. I thought I might fall asleep, but no, it was exhilarating.

And the snacks where as usual plenty and good, including a fried tofu sandwich catered by Bun Bun a Stockholm food truck.


One of the children at the garden party a week ago asked me if he could use some tools and scrap wood to build something. I didn’t have time to help him, so I told him that he certainly could if he had an adult help him. Here’s what I found later.


Never too much garden art. This will become a permanent feature, but alas some art is only temporary.

Built by Finn, called a ‘Burning Man’ by one and a Giacometti statue by someone else, it had to come down before the wind blew it down and so that we could store the lights for next year. I wonder what Finn will create next year.


Captured moonlight

Some partiers wondered how he got the statue and arms to dance to the music. That’s an artist’s secret, I suppose, but my theory is that it is so constructed so as to catch the wind in such a way that it can move to every possible rhythm.

Old work;

Purple bowling ball on cement pipe is weathering – cracking and falling apart – creating new and interesting paterns.

The future;

The old log I got from the neighbour is waiting for winter to be carved into something new and geometrical.

At this time of year in Japan, there are cherry blossoms just about everywhere…as well as tourists, temples, gardens and garden design. There are also many sources of inspiration for garden art.

Stone (my favorite)


























And I could go on and on. I have taken so many pictures I feel like I’ve overdosed already.