Nimis and Arx Driftwood & Stone Garden in the Magical Ladonia

Have you ever heard of this Country?: Ladonia…..Me? – no, not until a couple of days ago

But now it is a place I yearn to go check out… I discovered it while preparing my last Driftwood post….in it, and I guess at the heart of it’s very existence, is the ultimate Driftwood Garden.  Ladonia, is a county with zero residents but you can become citizen or even nobility for $12.
nimis driftwood sculpture ladonia sweden

Here is a little history of the garden from Ladonia’s website:

When Vilks started to work with hammer and nail at Nimis his ideas were rather vague, but he had in mind to make a meetingplace between theory and practice. The place chosen, the north side of the Kullaberg Nature Reservate, was remot and he could work for almost two years before his piece was discovered.

At that time (in 1982) the County Council reacted and oredered the object that they defined as a building to be removed immediately. Vilks appealed the sentence and started a huge lawsuit which was referred to the swedish Government. The departement of agriculture confirmed that Nimis would be removed. Vilks´project was also reported to the police and went on to the district court of appeal and the supreme high court. Vilks lost in the end and was fined.

Nimis was never removed because it was sold to the german in 1986 the New York artist Christo became the new owner. During these fighting years Nimis expanded to a huge piece. More than 100 meters of lengths, towers about 15 meters and 25 tons of wood, Nimis became an impressive sculpture, attracting thousands of visitors who climbed down the slope to explore the construction.

round-about-mind nimes laconia driftwood garden

The story of appeals continues to 1996 :

Ladonia rised and entered into a new form of time and space. On the 2nd of June the country proclaimed its independence from Sweden – if it ever was occupied; the country was hardly ever discovered. And now Ladonia prosper and develop, creating its own way into boundless freedom.

nimes and arx stone and concrete and driftwood sculpture swedish garden
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No one is living in Ladonia, all of its citizens are nomades and pay visits to the two chief towns Nimis and Arx, erected during the period 1980-96.

Taxes are to be payed in Ladonia but not with money. Citizens pay by giving away a part of their creativity. This is my kind of country. And the Landscape is beautiful!

all images from uness otherwise stated.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. louise garwood on August 4, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Ladonia, Ladonia
    my home sweet home!
    See you there!

  2. Judith on February 11, 2016 at 8:18 am

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