Palm Trees Planted in Laugardalur

The new palm trees.

The new palm trees. Photo/The City of Reykjavík

Vala Hafstað

Five palm trees have been planted by the City of Reykjavík’s horticulturists in Laugardalur park.

According to the city’s website , the goal is to find out how such plants thrive under Icelandic weather conditions. The trees are of a special variety from the Himalayas and were planted in an area by Sunnuvegir, which offers shelter from wind.

Their condition will be monitored this winter, and they will be well protected as temperatures begin to drop. Planting them is part of a plan to increase the diversity of plants in the city.

The climate in Iceland may not be hot, but palm trees have nonetheless been a hot topic in Reykjavík this year.

The winning entry for outdoor artwork in the Vogabyggð neighborhood.

The winning entry for outdoor artwork in the Vogabyggð neighborhood. Computer generated picture.

In January, the city chose two palm trees, inside greenhouses in the shape of cylinders, as the winning entry in a contest for outdoor art work in a new neighborhood, being developed in eastern Reykjavík. The cost of the art work, to be paid jointly by the city and by apartment owners in the neighborhood, runs around ISK 140 million (USD 1.1 million; EUR 1 million).

The decision got mixed reception among the residents of Reykjavík, resulting in heated debate.

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