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Thurah's Baroque Garden

Lauritz de Thurah's garden is basically a typical baroque garden, inspired by French ornamental gardening. It opens out from the main building and is laid out symmetrically around a centre axis. Thurah himself wrote that his garden was to be a pleasure garden, so it contained all that his age expected – and maybe a little more besides: arcades, fountains, trees from southern Europe in tubs, a battery of 10 canons and 21 statues. The avenues formed fields or 'quarters', and the trees of the avenues stood in trimmed hedges of hornbeam. Originally, there was even a 'menagerie' and a summerhouse. 

The garden, however, was also to serve a practical purpose. Thurah wrote: 'This does not only serve me as a source of summer pleasure and to lighten my mind at times from many onerous and annoying official duties – it is even of use and benefit.' By the mid-19th century, the last visible remains of Thurah's Baroque Garden must have disappeared. Only the lime trees remained. Instead, a landscape garden was laid out in the English style. 

Work of re-creating Thurah's garden began in Autumn 2001, with financial support from a number of funds. The re-establishment was completed in 2009 with the laying out of an embroidery parterre and the insertion of 10 sculptures. 

Restoration of the baroque garden by Schul Landskabsarkitekter, 2003. 
Re-creation of the embroidery parterre by Kirsten Lund-Andersen, 2008.

 

The restoration of the baroque garden was supported by
Augustinus Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, BG Fonden, Fonden Realdania, G.B. Hartmanns Forskningsfond, Nykredit A/S, Lemvigh-Müller Fonden, Aase og Ejnar Danielsens Fond.
Sculptures and the embroidery parterre was supported by

Ny Carlsbergfondet, OAK Foundation Danmark, Kai og Lisel, Gurli og Poul Madsens Fond, Knud Højgaards Fond

Thurah's Baroque Garden 
Photo Hans Ole Madsen

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