The Norwegian Museum of Horticulture: Collection

Dømmesmoen in Grimstad was once home to a farm which later became a state-run horticultural college. Today the area, with all its buildings and the spectacular park complex, is owned by Grimstad Municipality. By the arboretum and floodlit trail, you will find building F - and a museum sign. Take a peek inside the old nursery Planteskolebua - it is well worth a visit.

 I utstillingene på Norsk Hagebruksmuseum kan du lære mer om konservering av frukt og grønnsaker.
I utstillingene på Norsk Hagebruksmuseum kan du lære mer om konservering av frukt og grønnsaker. Foto: Simen Samuelsen.

Wow. Behind the counter is a lady selling coffee, waffles and ice cream. Tempting, but take a look around first.

Exploring the exhibitions is free of charge. In one of the rooms, you will find numerous mysterious devices - thankfully with information displays. "Electrical flask pump"; "large disk filter for filtering of juice and wine"; "semi-automatic bottling with corking machine". This exhibition focuses on the fruit wine produced in the region, by Fuhr Vin, Grimstad Konservesfabrik and Grimstad Gartneri.

The room next door has been dedicated to bee-keeping, and features several polystyrene boxes with roof tiles on top. A bee-keeper in full equipment stands completely still next to the beehives. There are various types of hives - in straw, wood and polystyrene. On a display it says: "Bees and flowers - the ecological interaction".  A microscope is available for those who would like to take a closer look at a bee.

It is then time to move on to the next exhibition. On a display it says: "In jar, glass, can and bottle: Cultivation, preservation and marketing of horticultural products". On the walls are recipes; this is a kitchen as well, but no one is cooking at the moment.  In a cupboard is well-preserved food; beetroot, pickles, spinach, peas, carrots.

Surely it is time for waffles and coffee? It is amazing what an old nursery building can be used for.