The Swedish fence is a mythical legacy. The fence is the inspiration for many sayings, legends, predictions and ‘wishful thinking’. Many people in Sweden attach more importance to this fence than to any other fence and a house surrounded by the Gärdsgård brings luck and well-being to one’s life. These beautiful enclosures were used for thousands of years to keep grazing livestock from the crops. In addition, they were a means of keeping supernatural beings and unwanted guests away. The present form has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. In the 18th century there were national guards, who had to jump on the fences in full gear to be sure that the fences were strongly built. The law prescribed precisely how these fences must be built and since 1800 there have been roughly 1.000.000 kilometres of fencing put up throughout the Swedish countryside.
A house surrounded by the Gärdsgård brings luck and well-being to one’s life.
Climb over 7 rustic fences, pick 7 types of flowers, and place these under your pillow on Midsummer Night. The person you dream of that night is the one you will marry.