The Danish Horticultural Museum is a journey back in time through the commercial history of green fingers. In the village of Beder situated some 10 kilometres south of Aarhus you can find this fascinating museum for effects and appliances which have been in use in florist's shops, market gardens, and greenhouses for the past century. In other words, a glimpse into the botanical history of Denmark.
The museums abounds with exhibits which date back all the way to 1900, including lawn mowers of every conceivable type, old tractor models, sprayers, various small appliances, horse-drawn equipment, and much more.
The museum also houses a historical library which today is used by students and others who take an interest in horticulture and agriculture. Here you can find literature, trade journals, letters, diaries, and photographs all about the horticultural industry and training all the way back to the 17th century and up to the present.
During the summer months you can buy home-grown common box, summer plants, and enjoy the sight of the beautiful vines with bunches of succulent grapes. They are all grown in the manor greenhouse – a model of a greenhouse from 1880.
The museum has also reconstructed a 1960s flower shop from the nearby town of Skanderborg. The shop stands exactly as it did then – with all the original interior and fittings.
The Danish Horticultural Museum was inaugurated in 1998 and is run on a voluntary basis by passionate and retired people from the horticultural trade. Please therefore make note of the opening times as the museum is not open every day.
The museum is open Wednesdays from 2pm to 5 pm or by arrangement. The museum is closed in December, January, and February.
By car from Aarhus you find the museum by driving south along Oddervej until you reach Beder some 10 kilometres from the Aarhus city centre.