The Old Perennials
Along the path in the western part of Ringve Botanical Gardens you are accompanied by scents and flowers of traditional garden plants from Mid-Norway. The collection serves both as a conservation area for these perennials as well as a display of their decorative value.
The plants were collected from gardens, farms, and forests and thickets next to old farm gardens, all of them from a broad area around the Trondheim fjord. Each plant have a known history back to the 1950s or earlier.
Why conserve garden plants? People have often cared for their garden plants through several generations, and there are local stories and vernacular names connected to many of them. Through this, the plants form part of Norway´s green cultural heritage. The clones have also proved hardy having survived many decennia of local weather conditions and are therefore valuable as a basis for a healthy garden flora also in years to come.The collection is part of a national network for conservation of traditional garden plants and is supported by the Norwegian Genetic Resource Centre.