Welcome to engelskhage, a small English garden in Norway.
My name is Christopher James Collyer and this homepage and blog are about my small family garden situated in the suburbs of Bergen on the west coast of Norway. The small (150 square metres) garden surrounds 3 sides of an end-terrace house and is irregularly shaped. The aspects are west, north and east facing. As such the garden has evolved into three separate garden rooms roughly linked together by design inspired by English gardens and gardeners that I remember from my time in England.
I hope this website and blog will be of interest to other gardeners gardening on small and challenging plots or in difficult climates. For me it’s gardening that is important, not simply the garden. I’m not a fan of minimalistic, low maintenance or sterile garden solutions. As a gardener and a physiotherapist, I want to encourage other people to be active, to become gardeners themselves and not simply garden owners. The physical and mental benefits of a gardening lifestyle are well documented. Please enjoy the site and happy gardening!