Finnish Soul Garden – A Nordic Heritage Seaside Garden

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In more detail

  • The garden reflects a seaside landscape in autumn, punctuated by black granite rocks and packed with native planting that can survive the harsh conditions of Finland’s coastline
  • Plants including strawberries and sedums cover the sauna's roof and have been carefully chosen based on the University of Helsinki's research into native plants that will thrive on green roofs in Finland

About the garden

Finnish Soul Garden depicts a seaside garden intended to be used as a recreational facility by city dwellers. Situated near a public beach on a secluded peninsula, it features natural Baltic seaside vegetation, sauna and cool-off area. The garden provides an open view to the sea and nearby islands. It is a haven with an atmosphere of relaxation, recuperation and recreation.

The key features are a contemporary Finnish sauna with a vegetated roof and a water feature. The garden recreates the natural green seaside environment and, in the planted cool-off area, the flowers reflect the understated charm of autumn. This communal sanctuary reflects traditional seaside life in harmony with the surrounding nature. The Nordic tradition of seaside life has continued virtually unchanged for centuries.

Finnish Soul Garden continues to celebrate the International Year of Plant Health 2020 (IYPH), which was initiated by Finland and approved by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) and declared by the UN General Assembly.

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