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Nordic House Opens Its Kitchen Garden to the Public

The Nordic House in Reykjavík opened its kitchen garden for public access on June 17 in consistency with growing interest in horticulture in Iceland—the in-house restaurant Dill uses the harvest from the kitchen garden in its cooking.

Hvönn, or angelica in English, the café’s namesake. Angelica used to be an important source of Vitamin C in Iceland while the selection of fruits and vegetables was limited.

Kaffi Hvönn, the Nordic House’s café, serves as an information center for the garden and is open daily between 10 am and 5 pm throughout summer, according to a press release from the Nordic House.

“This way we want to support and encourage people to do the same,” said kitchen garden project manager Thurídur Helga Kristjánsdóttir.

The hope is that the garden can prove an inspiration to those who are interested in growing their own plants and vegetables.

More than 40 different types of plants are grown in the garden, including rhubarb and lettuce, all suitable to the Icelandic climate.

Food and food culture is an important part of the nation’s self-image and how visitors experience different cultures, the Nordic House press release states.

Ingólfur Gudnason, who has collected various sources on vegetable-growing in times past, assisted the Nordic House on choosing the plants for its kitchen garden.

Gudnason has also established a kitchen garden at the ancient bishopric Skálholt with a sample of plants that were used for cooking at the bishopric.

The Nordic House kitchen garden was designed by landscape architect Dagný Bjarnadóttir and established in cooperation with NordGen, the Agricultural University of Iceland and the Reykjavík Botanical Garden.

This initiative is in support of the new Nordic Food Manifesto, which the Nordic House and Dill Restaurant, have set out to promote.

Click here to read more about the manifesto and here to visit the restaurant’s website.

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