Reconstructing Gardens

  • Spydeberg
    Annegreth Dietze-Schirdewahn

The Garden History Forum and NMBU's School of Landscape Architecture invite you to an international seminar on different perspectives of the restoration of gardens in Denmark, Norway and Germany. 11-12 October 2018.


Reconstructing Gardens

WHEN: 11-12 October 2018
WHERE: Festsalen (Room U215), Clock Building, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Ås, Norway. Directions

REGISTER HERE (deadline 1 Oct)

This seminar on Reconstructing Gardens is arranged as a collaboration between the interdisciplinary network Garden History Forum and the School of Landscape Architecture at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in Ås, Norway. The seminar will focus on different perspectives of restoration and reconstruction of gardens, mainly in Denmark, Norway and Germany. Projects at NMBU’s Ås Campus will be used as examples to frame the seminar’s theme.  

Next year, Ås is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of education in garden art at NMBU, 1919-2019. Olav L. Moen led the garden art programme and made a great impact on the development of garden art and landscape architecture as professions in Norway. NMBU’s campus park in Ås is Moen’s masterpiece, and was used as an outdoor reference in his educational work. Today, the park is listed and in recent years it has undergone major restoration and reconstruction. Formal elements from the 1920s, as well as more naturalistic water garden installations from the 1940s have been reconstructed. At this seminar, you will be guided through these reconstructions and will also hear about reconstruction works and at Amaliehaven and Fredensborg Palace Gardens in Denmark, and the Palace Garden of Schwetzingen. On Day 2 of the seminar, you will be taken on a field trip to the newly reconstructed garden of Jacob Nicolaj Wilse (1735-1801) at Spydeberg Vicarage and on to Ekeberg Park in Oslo.

Seminar fee 

There is a reduced fee for Forum members. If you are not a member yet, this is a good opportunity to join. To join the Forum, please contact the Forum board in good time before the seminar. The annual membership fee is 350 SEK. Apply for membership to the Garden History Forum

The seminar fees are: 
Members 610 NOK (660 SEK) / Non-members 830 NOK (900 SEK) 

*You must be a member to get the reduced fee. New membership applications have to be sent to Forum before 1 September 2018.

The seminar fee includes:

  • Entrance to the event
  • Lunch and refreshments on 11-12 October
  • Field trip on 12 October


Participants must book their own accommodation. Oslo is under half an hour away by train and has plentiful options. It may be more convenient to select accommodation close to either Nationaltheatret train station or Oslo central train station from where there are hourly trains to Ås.   

NB! You can get a reduced rate by booking one of the hotels with which NMBU has a discount. To get the reduced rate, contact your selected hotel and refer to the ‘UH Avtalen’, Reference number 148835. These include the following hotel groups: 

Nordic Choice 



Deadline for registration: 1 October 2018


Thursday 11 October
09:00–09:45Annual Meeting for members of Garden History Forum
09:50–10:30Registration and Coffee/Tea outside the venue
10:30–10:45 Welcome and introduction – Tore Edvard Bergaust, Head of School for Landscape Architecture and Anna Jakobsson, chair of Garden History Forum
10:45–11:15Projects at NMBU Ås campus - Bjørn Anders Fredriksen, Park director NMBU
11:15–12:00Amaliehaven in Denmark: Restoring a garden that may not grow old - Marie-Louise Wanscher, Agency for Culture and Palaces, Copenhagen
12:00–13:15Lunch, Vitenparken
13:15–14:15Guided tour of the University park – Guide: Bjørn Anders Fredriksen
Keynote lectures - part of the Impulse lecture series, open for all students:

Keynote lecture: Restoring and reconstructing Fredensborg Castle garden – Christine Waage Rasmussen, Agency for Culture and Palaces, Copenhagen. 

Christine Waage Rasmussen studied landscape architecture in Copenhagen (1998), where she completed her PhD degree in 2006. She worked as a landscape architect in several practices before joining the Royal Danish Gardens in 2005. Her main interests are garden restoration theory, plans for restoring gardens, baroque gardens and historic plant material. 


Keynote lecture: Layers of knowledge in monuments: Research and preservation of historic gardens exemplified by the Palace Garden of Schwetzingen  –  Hartmut Troll, Baden-Württemberg Stately Homes and Gardens.

Hartmut Troll studied landscape ecology and landscape design in Vienna. He worked as a freelance landscape architect and did his doctor's degree at the University Kassel. Since 2006, he is Head of the Department of Historical Gardens at State Castles and Gardens Baden-Württemberg. Since 2011, he is an Honorary Professor at Heidelberg University. In 2016-17, he was a Fellow of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University, Washington D.C. 

15:45-16:15 Coffee/Tea
16:15–16:45Reconstructing gardens: Continuous dialogue between research and practice – Annegreth Dietze-Schirdewahn, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
17:00-17:20Questions and discussion – All speakers. Summary of the day - School of Landscape architecture and Garden History Forum
19:00Dinner at Der Peppern Gror, an Indian restaurant in Cirkelplassen right in front of the Oslo Town Hall in central Oslo (T-bane: Nationaltheatret). Nb. Dinner is a multi-course vegetarian tasting menu at the participants’ own cost: 400 NOK per person
Friday 12 October: Field trip - PICK UP IN FRONT OF THON HOTEL OPERA AT 09:30

Spydeberg Vicarage - The newly reconstructed garden of Jacob Nicolaj Wilse (1735-1801).  Introduction by Mette Eggen.

Spydeberg Vicarage is located in Spydeberg municipality in Østfold. Jacon N. Wilse was a priest in the municipality from 1768 to 1786, and lived in this vicarage. He was responsible for the establishment of an extensive garden here. The garden is now restored and it opened to the public in 2014.


Ekeberg Park, Oslo - Introduction by Prof. Dr. Karsten Jørgensen.

Ekeberg Park (Ekebergparken) is a national heritage park with a panoramic view over the city of Oslo. The area has a history dating back to the 1500s and it is now an interesting conglomeration of parks and commemoration sites from different time periods. It demonstrates the challenges of multiple use and the involvement of different groups of interest in managing an historic park of importance.

16:00The field trip ends at 16.00 in Oslo - Drop off in front of Thon Hotel Opera.
Published 12. July 2018 - 9:54 - Updated 9. October 2018 - 9:51

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