In Vimmerby, there is every opportunity to follow Astrid Lindgren’s life and work close up. Visit Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home Näs and enjoy the gardens, a bite to eat in the restaurant or a lemonade in the shadow of the real ‘lemonade tree’.
Astrid Anna Emilia Ericsson was born here, at Näs, on 14 November 1907, the daughter of tenant farmer Samuel August and his wife Hanna. It was here that Astrid climbed the lemonade tree, played with her siblings in the woodshed, jumped in the hay and heard her very first story in Kristin’s kitchen.
Today, Astrid Lindgren’s Näs is a culture centre that offers a range of experiences in Astrid Lindgren’s real childhood environment. The Astrid exhibition in the Pavilion – ‘The whole world’s Astrid Lindgren’ – provides quite a few clues to her world-famous authorship.
The Big Tourism Prize 2014
Astrid Lindgren’s Näs was awarded the prestigious Big Tourism Prize 2014. The jury’s motivation included: “A strong and moving experience that has quickly developed into a visitor attraction for the national and international market”.
The gardens at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs are a new project that appeals to the child in all of us, regardless of age. Elis Ruhnström, Astrid Lindgren’s nephew’s grandchild, officially cut the turf in 2013 by planting the first beech tree.
A garden bearing Astrid Lindgren’s name must of course have character and poise. The gardens at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs are not classic and formal with flowerbeds in straight lines but a natural environment with fences, stone walls, groves and meadows. Here, wild goes hand in hand with trained, and anger and laughter go hand in hand at the skipping rope!
In summer 2016 the third and last chapter of the gardens at Astrid Lindgrens Näs will open. Just as the two previous chapters you will meet themes that were important to Astrid’s authorship and feelings that are recurrent in her stories. The themes of the third chapter will be freedom, courage and creativity.
The gardens at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs should be a place that changes, offers surprises and tells a new story every time you visit. A story without an end!