Sweden’s northernmost mountain botanical garden is found in Jokkmokk, just over 10 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Come and familiarise yourself with alpine plants normally found on mountain peaks in Sarek, or species-rich moorland in Padjelanta. This is where mountain gardener Ingrid constructs her very own mountain, while food creator Eva from Essense of Lapland tastes her way through wild herbs.
The Mountain Botanical Garden in Jokkmokk is part of Ájtte, Swedish Mountain and Sámi Museum. During more than two decades a world of its own, a miniature mountain landscape, has emerged. It ranges from taiga forest and low-lying land to snow drifts and the little mountain peak Ingrid, where the bedrock has laboriously been uncovered by hand. Here you can climb up and look out over an entire little mountain world, with a unique diversity of species. One hectare pure happiness, says Ingrid Hellberg, gardener at the Mountain Botanical Garden in Jokkmokk.
– The plants are carefully gathered in the mountains with permission from the County Administrative Board. It’s important to ensure that the conditions where they arrive are the same as where they belong. The plants must be respected, says mountain gardener Hellberg.