Maria is wearing a high viz jacket and holding pieces of fir tree. She looks happy in her work encouraging biodiversity in a cemetery in West Sweden and welcoming visitors who find her through Meet the Locals

Beautiful biodiversity in a unique cemetery!

  • Offered in English, Swedish
  • Härryda
At Härryda cemetery I have been given free rein to create rich environments with flowers and plants. In my job as a garden technician, my team and I have decorated and embellished a dozen graves, each with its own unique arrangement and all with the aim of increased biodiversity and providing a lush, flower filled space for butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects. The graves that we have worked on are graves that are to be cared for by the pastorate, so instead of removing the grave markers we have used them to create a beautiful, planted area. The cemetery should be a place on earth where biodiversity thrives. If you want tips and ideas on plants that benefit all our insects and If you are curious about what is happening behind the scenes at a Swedish cemetery, then I welcome you to visit me at my work. For about 1 hour I will take you around the cemetery and tell you about my fascinating and enjoyable working day. Welcome!

About Your Host, Maria

My passion is biodiversity, and it makes me so happy that my job contributes to making the world a little greener and a little happier for animals and humans. My work as a garden technician in Landvetter-Härryda Pastorate gives me a fantastic freedom to be creative and to make the cemeteries a paradise for people and animals. When I'm not working, I like to stay outdoors and in the winter it's for the skiing. I love to spend time with my adult daughters. I like music and sports and maybe you will spot me standing in the audience at the sing-along with Lotta at Liseberg.

Who this is for

This experience is for everyone! Do you like gardens and nature? Are you curious about what it's like to work in a cemetery? Everyone is welcome!


Weekdays 07.00 till 16.00 (however not during my vacation 11 July to 22 July and 15 augusti to 26 augusti)


Härryda is about 30km from Gothenburg and it's easy to get here. You take highway 40 towards Borås and exit at the airport, turning towards Härryda. If you want to take the bus, it takes about an hour from Gothenburg and stops right outside the church. You can plan your journey here and will want to get off at Härryda kyrka:

Plan your trip with Västtrafik


Payment If you wish, you are welcome to make a contribution by swish to: 0705561776, Härryda's candle and flower fund. Mark it: Meet the Locals

Languages Spoken

English and Swedish

Tips from Locals

Maria’s tips for experiences when you visit Härryda.

Also read more about exciting tips in the area around Härryda, on Härryda’s own website.


Maria is a very kind and passionate person! The meeting was very pleasant and interesting. The garden is extremely beautiful and reflects a great passion for biodiversity, plants and animals. I got so inspired by Maria's personality and her work! Andrea
Zagreb , Croatia