Photo Bjørn Mølmen

The garden

A garden and its design can in many respects reflect the personality of the owner of the garden. This applies to Sigrid Undset’s garden. It was designed by Sigrid Undset, who was interested in botany and gardening, immediately following the purchase of Bjerkebæk in 1921.

The whole design of the garden at the crossover between the historical and the modern, from the placing of the houses to walls and choice of plants, can be said to form a picture of Sigrid Undset. She created a prolific garden containing fruit trees, berries and vegetables, as well as perennials, roses and bulbs. The garden was at it’s most beautiful during the 1930s. To step into the garden at Bjerkebæck feels like stepping 70 years back in time and at any time you might see the author herself come walking through the garden.