The Hop Garden

The Hop Garden was established beside the large Maze in 2012. Hops (Humulus lupulus) are thought to have been grown in monastery gardens in Denmark since the 12th century.

In 1473, King Christian I of Denmark ordered the farmers of Funen to plant 60 hop beds a year.
In the 17th century, hops imported from Pomerania and Holstein were grown.

In the 18th century, hops were most prevalent on the island of Funen, and north west Funen was considered the hop region of Funen in the 19th century.

The hops at Egeskov are used to make beer, and “The Count’s Ale” is available to purchase at Egeskov and in specialist shops.