New Nordic Gardens, Scandinavian Landscape Design

This rich survey of Scandinavia’s most inspiring contemporary gardens, is a labour of love and came to life with the help of many talented garden designers, landscape architects and architects in the Nordics. I hope that you will be inspired by our creations, challanges and celebrations, wherever in the world you are creating beauty to the landscape.


Few people have difficulty conjuring images of modern Scandinavian design, whose influence over the past century has extended around the world. More difficult for many is imagining the vast landscapes of the Nordic countries, which range from the quiet flatlands of Denmark to the dramatic mountains and fjords of Norway. These majestic environments, combined with long summer days and dark winters, raking light and dense birch forests, and a lifestyle that embraces nature have given rise to exceptionally refined examples of garden and landscape design.


This richly illustrated volume presents the best Scandinavian gardens to have been produced over the past ten years. Organized by themes that encapsulate the special ambience and lifestyle of the Scandinavian landscapes and lifestyles—Simplicity, Silence, Fragility, Nakedness, Attunement, Boldness, Openness, and Care—each garden is extensively illustrated and accompanied by text noting its unique attractions and the qualities that make it an exemplar of Nordic design. The timelessness of Nordic design has proven itself around the world for many decades, and this volume shows how the quality of its gardens and landscapes follows suit, providing inspiration for all climes.


’Sheds light on simple, stylish gardens across the North Sea’ – Daily Telegraph


’The excellent photographs in the book immediately take you on a journey demonstrating clearly all that is fresh and innovative in Nordic gardens. The author has brought the timelessness and quality of Nordic design into the light with this book, while at the same time providing maximum inspiration, not just for northern climes but for temperate environments around the world. If you love the beauty of Scandinavian landscape design you will love this book. – Reckless Gardener


’This beautifully illustrated book serves as an informative guide to the principles and techniques of contemporary Scandinavian garden design. The author has a keen sensitivity to the natural elements of the landscape, especially light and stone. This is a coffee table–worthy lookbook brimming with ideas and aesthetic integrity. It will stimulate possibilities for gardens well below the northern reaches of the Scandinavian latitudes.’ – Publishers Weekly


’With her new book, New Nordic Gardens, Annika Zetterman is shining a light on the brilliance of landscape design throughout Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. Zetterman walks us through how to create a visually interesting garden throughout the seasons. If anyone knows how to highlight the virtues of every season, it would be Scandinavians, who make living through the harshest winter look like a pure delight by embracing darkness.’ — Gardenista


’After flipping through Annika Zetterman’s New Nordic Gardens, we welcome the Nordic storm.’ – Better Homes & Gardens


Sincere thanks to everyone involved and much gratitude to Thames & Hudson. The book is available in book stores worldwide and via Thames & Hudson.


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