For those looking for exotic seclusion in the Swedish natural environment is a rare park and garden gem one mil south of Askersund. Bastedalens China Park was built in the 1960's by Ebbe Johnson, editor of Östgöta Correspondent, with a keen interest in Asian culture and garden art.
Since 1986 it has carefully been run by Pia Stenströmer on Bastedalens mansion, now left over the operation and maintenance of landscape architect Annika Olstedt. The expansive garden contains foreign elements in the form of plants, trees and ornaments.
- It includes temple tree Gingko, Earth's oldest trees, and Katsura, kakträd, says Annika looking forward to form cutting and clearing for the season.
- You may not think that many of the plants have their origin in Asia, such arrow, bamboo and peonies. What distinguishes the Chinese garden is that it is relatively friväxt and a concentrate of nature itself, but marked by the human hand.
The garden shall reflect nature's and man's constant changeability, our well-being, also aging, which also has its beauty. The park is located in an old limestone quarry which, with its high walls provide the perfect backdrop to the different nature of the rooms. The pavilions at selected locations have their own poetic name, as "The Gambling wind pavilion. Here you can for a moment sink, catch your breath and cool off from the outside world frantic pace.