I grew up in Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden, the son and grandson of nurserymen. On my dad’s side, my brother is fifth generation nurseryman and on my mother’s side third generation.
The family nursery “Kvibergs Handelsträdgård” was founded by my grandfather in 1926. In 1943 it moved to the location it had until it was torn down in 2015. How that came about is, in and of itself, a story of municipal and governmental corruption, that I might rant about at some other time.
This is what the nursery looked like in the late 1960ies, as seen by the Gothenburg painter Gunnar Dahlstrand
This is how it appeared to the Gothenburg artist Anders Claussén
Here’s a family gallery as seen by Gunnar Dahlstrand. Gunnar was a late “member” (or maybe disciple) of the “school” known as the Gothenburg Colorists. In “portrait” painting (as in most of his work) it was shapes, colors and light that was the focus, but he was highly skilled at capturing the essence of a person.
For instance, if you look below at the winter picture of my dad and my uncle Valter Nordin, digging up Hyacinths that are going in to the greenhouse to be forced, anyone who knew my uncle will immediately recognize him, even from this non-too-detailed painting. Same goes for the one of my grandfather inserting a steel wire into a pine cone and the one of my brother picking daffodils.
Me at 5
My dad in various work related studies:
My [maternal] grandfather – who founded the nursery
My maternal grandmother weeding in the hot-frames
My first school was “Utbynässkolan” where I, for grade 1-3 had Ulla Tornblad as my teacher, and for grades 4-6 Inga-Lill Olsson.
I’ll skip over Gamlestadsskolan (grades 7-9)
For secondary school I attended Munkebäcksgymnasiet.
We had some absolutely fabulous teachers there, including Dr. Ann-Margret Jönsson (née Perje; Biology and Chemistry) , Dr. Bertil Westergren (Mathematics), Assar Schreiber (Physics), Göran Wessberg (Swedish, Literature and German), etc.
…This is still a stub, which needs to be expanded…