Sculpture park

The Lower Terrace in winter time. 
Photo: Lars Ekdahl
The Sunsinger among the magnolias.
In garden design Carl Milles was a daring improviser, being able to freely integrate such diverse architectural fragments as columns from King Gustav Ill's opera house, a marble arch entrance from Stockholm's demolished Hotel Rydberg with a steep stone cliff site transformed by monumental stairways and juniper planted terraces.

One highly personalised garden room is Millesgarden's Little Austria (1924) con­ceived as a surprise for Olga Milles to cele­brate her 50th birthday. Being all too aware of his wife's permanent homesickness for her alpine homeland, Carl chose a steep, stony hollow and with plantings of alpine flora, and a scenography of two wayside pieta chapels, a large wooden replica of a medieval Christ on the crucifix and a lime­stone baptismal fount created a fantasy evocation of Olga's beloved Austria.

Personally Milles loved and wished to evoke at Millesgarden the gardens of Italy's Mediterranean coast. In the newly-built loggia, the Little Studio designed by Evert Milles, Carl commissioned a fresco painting of the bay of Naples with acan­thus and cactus in the foreground and olive and wheat being farmed in the distance.

To further underline the Mediterranean char­acter of the building and landscape fresco painting, straight black and white marble paths, crowned by columns lead to the log­gia. Between the paths pines are planted together with birches for a touch of Nordic spice.

This playful Nordic/south European hybrid, heightened by the bubbling Triton fountain and colourful plantings never fails to charm visitors from the south.