Botanic Garden

Akureyri Botanic Garden

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The Akureyri Botanic Garden is one of the most northerly in the world and the oldest in Iceland. Along with displays of Icelandic and arctic plants, it has an amazing array of plant species in bloom in August. I wish I could grow delphiniums like these!

Beautiful delphiniums and monkhoods with snow on hills in the distance
Beautiful delphiniums and monkhoods with snow on the hills in the distance

The garden is beautifully laid out and card for with very detailed labels describing the characteristics of the plant families on show.

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Reykjavik Botanic Garden

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This morning I made David Gelsthorpe (Curator of Earth Sciences) spend time in Reykjavik’s botanic garden (only fair after the amount of time we spent chasing ice yesterday!). The arboretum, vegetable garden, lake and rockeries were looking lovely in the autumn sunshine, but I spent most of my time admiring the Icelandic plant species.

Jointed rush (Juncus articulatus)
Jointed Rush
Hoary Whitlowgrass (Draba incarna)
Hoary Whitlowgrass
Oblong Woodsia (Woodsia ilvensis)
Oblong Woodsia
Tufted saxifrage (Saxifraga cespitosa)
Tufted saxifrage