Landscape

Fuglsang Gardens
Fuglsang Gardens is today a popular place to go to see a wealth of tree varieties and to walk along the small labyrinthine paths in the gardens.

 

The Gardens have existed in their present form since 1846, when the gardener C. Vesterby expanded and re-landscaped the park as what we can see today. The old stone walls and tree avenues are from c. 1764-1784 and were laid out by the Palace Gardener Johan Ludvig Mansa.
 
In 1947 the then lady of the manor, Bodil de Neergaard, transferred the 4000-acre estate to Det Classenske Fideicommis, a foundation started in 1792 by Major-Gene¬ral J.F. Classen. The garden architect and horticulturalist Jørgen Holm has been a consultant to Det Classenske Fideicommis for 40 years.
 
The gardens are open every day with free admission.

 

Skejten
For over a century visual artists have been inspired by the small peninsula Skejten - a protected landscape at Fuglsang Manor which can be seen from the large pano¬rama windows of Fuglsang Kunstmuseum. This beautiful uncultivated area by the water, with old oaks and large fieldstones, has been represented and interpreted in many artworks, some of which are in the museum's collection. Particularly worth mentioning is the Lolland painter Olaf Rude, who was commissioned in 1949 to decorate the Parliament Chamber at Christiansborg, and who chose these old oaks at Skejten as his subject. Rude's beautifully coloured studies for the paintings belong to Fuglsang Kunstmuseum.

 

Farthest out on Skejten lies one of the region's most beautiful landscapes with low water-meadows out to Guldborgsund. Over the meadows are scattered large blocks of stone that came to the country with the glaciers over 10,000 years ago, and Skej¬ten is often mentioned as a genuine prehistoric landscape.

 

Here too one finds one of the country's smallest coastal cliffs, which reveals how the subsoil looks down below the soil layer. The cliff is only about half a metre high, and yet it contains the story of the countryside many million years ago. In the small cliff we see the over 60-million-year-old white chalk that we also know for example from the Møns Klint cliffs. In the chalk there are large quantities of flint, which was of great importance to the area during the Stone Age. The region must therefore have been an extremely important source of raw materials in the Stone Age.

 

The area can be very wet - so bring practical footwear.

 

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