The Royal Family’s private garden at Fredensborg Palace. Photo: Thomas Rahbek

The Private Gardens

The Royal Family’s private sanctuary

Frederick V created his private garden, the Marble Garden, in front of the royal apartments at Fredensborg Palace. It is an intimate and peaceful idyll, richly decorated with columns, vases and jars made by the sculptor Johannes Wiedewelt. The boxwood on the lawn in the middle of the garden is cut into a shape that looks like an elaborate piece of embroidery. The garden is now the Royal Family's private garden, but it is open to the public for 5-6 weeks a year, when HM Queen Margrethe is not in residence.

From the Marble Garden, you can walk down to the small bridge that takes you over the pond to the Rose Garden. Right in the middle of the roses is the Flora statue, which has stood guard over the roses and the four 250-year-old myrtles since the 1770s.

Queen Ingrid’s perennial beds

Over the centuries, the Royal Family has made its mark on the Reserved Garden. Queen Ingrid planted a British-style perennial bed in the mid 1930s. From early spring to late autumn, the flowers overlap in a vivid display of colour. Surrounded by rhododendrons and yellow yarrows, the royal children play in the playhouse. It is a small half-timbered house dating from the 1960s, when Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid became grandparents.

The Sun King’s pots in the Orangery

Since the 1700s, the palace vegetable garden has supplied the Royal Family's table with fresh herbs, vegetables and fragrant flowers. In 1995, the palace added an orangery - a crowning glory - which is situated next to the herb garden. It is a stately looking structure with a pond in front of the entrance and plant boxes from Versailles with citrus, fig and laurel trees.