Friday, 28 September 2012

Garden Parks II of Iceland


To commemorate numerous parks found in  Iceland, in regularly  Iceland Post issued the stamp series features the park’s theme . On May 6, 2010, Iceland Post issued three postage stamps features Garden Park as the second series of this theme. The parks have depicted are Jónsgarður ,  Hellisgerði and Skallagrímsgarður.



Jónsgarður is the oldest garden park in the town of Ísafjörður, originally opened in 1922.   Jón Jónsson, the tailor, and his wife Karlinna Jóhannsdóttir pioneered in the development of the garden. In the seventies the park went unattended. In 1978 the town‘s gardening supervisor was instructed to resume work on it. It was named after the initial pioneers and a memorial in their honor of them was erected is in the garden.

Hellisgerði is the official  garden park of Hafnarfjörður, situated in a beautiful natural lava surroundings. Magni, a debating society, decided to establish a flower park for the enjoyment of the town people and started systematic cultivation in Hellisgerði in 1924. When the town of Hafnarfjörður celebrated its 80th anniversary Magni presented the town with the Hellisgerði park.

Skallagrímsgarður is the garden park of the town of Borgarnes. The Youth Society Skallagrímur and the  Borgarnes Women‘s Society started work on the garden. In 1938 the women took over this work in 1938 and few years ago they presented the Borgarnes Community with the garden. The burial mound of Skallagrímur, an ancient Saga figure, is in the garden along with the sculpture „The Raven of Odin“ by Ásmund Sveinsson. (Source : Iceland Post news)


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