The University of Helsinki Botanical Garden at Kaisaniemi is one of Helsinki's most popular visitor attractions. The Garden is situated very close to the city centre, and its glasshouses and surrounding grounds offer nature lovers a unique experience all year round. The gallery between the large and small glasshouses is used to host temporary exhibitions, mostly on themes related to nature.
The peace and quiet of the Botanic Garden in Kaisaniemi can be reached either from the busy Unioninkatu street or from the adjoining Kaisaniemenranta road. In summertime, perhaps the most attractive part of the grounds is the central garden, an open area with ponds and flowers, bordered by the glasshouses and rose bushes. The well-established trees in the outer parts of the grounds provide welcome shade in the summer heat, a pleasant place to sit and read, to enjoy a picnic or to listen to the birds. Squirrels, hedgehogs, hares, and colourful butterflies can also be seen in the grounds.
The Garden provides plenty to see all year round. The tropical species of the historic Palm House welcome visitors in to experience the enthralling world of plants. The lush Rainforest House presents African plants including the coffee bush and an exceptionally large collection of wild African violet species. In the Desert House the so-called xerophytes, well adapted to extreme conditions, are particularly interesting, as are the floating aquatic plants of the Water Lily House. The leaf of the Giant Waterlily can grow to two metres in diameter and is capable of supporting the weight of a fully grown person. Aromatic plants can be found in the South African and Mediterranean Houses. In all, the greenhouses contain over 900 separately labelled plant species.
Short history of the Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden of the University of Helsinki was established in 1678 in the City of Turku (Åbo), the then capital of Finland, by professor Elias Tillandz. After the burndown of the City in 1827 the garden was moved to Kaisaniemi in the centre of Helsinki in 1829. The most valuable plants from the outdoors and greenhouse were transported by horse wagons to Kaisaniemi, which also got numerous donations of plants from the Universities of St. Petersburg and Dorpat.
The oldest and largest part of the greenhouses is the Palm House which was constructed in 1889 and designed by architect Gustaf Nyström. He designed also the wings on both sides of the Palm House. They were constructed in 1896.
The greenhouse collections were totally lost during the World War II when three bombs struck the garden in February 1944 and badly damaged the greenhouses. Only one cypress (most probably Cupressus sempervirens) remained alive. Also Giant Waterlily (Victoria cruziana) was saved since the seeds remained alive at the bottom of frozen pool. (Source: Finnish Museum of Natural history, University of Helsinki)
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judesta (1006) 2009-03-31 0:45
Beautiful vivid colours and what an interesting building, perfectly placed for a wonderful composition, good sharpness and detail. Great note.
jjcordier (79297) 2009-03-31 2:11
Sous cette belle lumière, cette serre est magnifique.superbe image!
Buin (42506) 2009-03-31 2:41
You show us a really impressive building - in a goergeous light and beautiful colours. I like this filigrane construction very much. A wonderful place...
Greetings from at last springlike Germany!
ktanska (29223) 2009-03-31 3:18
Classic architecture of this place looks very nice, with all the thin white details. Foreground fountain and lawn details are very nice too on summer sunshine. I have nice memories from childhood of this place and I should visit it again some day.
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-03-31 4:25
George, this is pretty fanciful looking, magical almost, like something from a fairy tale. In such a norther place I think the variety seen in such a place would be helpful making the long winters pass into history. Great capture and the wonderful iron work detail reall comes through well.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2009-03-31 5:17
The structure is fine and elegant. The very good clearness of the image, the light, and the colors, make the quality of the image. The foreground and its decoration are a pleasure for the glance, like the presence of this young woman. A fine and pleasant work. Cheer.
Have a nice day
rikko77 (10861) 2009-03-31 6:42
I like the perfect geometry here, very well done in your pic.
Colors are well saturated too and the note is interesting: a perfect TE photo!
pauloog (11751) 2009-03-31 8:53
A fine and reposing view of the greenhouse, from a central point of view that fits well with the symmetry of the construction.
npecanhuk (78455) 2009-03-31 8:56
A simple but truly effective composition, with superb symmetry, excellent sharpness, perfect exposure, natural and beautiful colors and a very well chosen pov!
It seems to be a lovely spot and the picture is truly pleasant and beautiful!
TFS - Congratulations!
gildasjan (43824) 2009-03-31 9:19
Un bleu vert du plus bel effet et une image d'excellente qualité avec une géométrie centrée soignée.
ymrk (15085) 2009-03-31 9:51
Beautiful architecture,and graphical details in this place,my friend!Very well green turf,with position of models...
Have a nice time,see youu!
bobocortis (16026) 2009-03-31 11:15
The red-dressed human figure gives less symetry to this shot well enlighten.
amaryllis (37039) 2009-03-31 12:31
une tres belle architecture moderne de cette univresité botanique avec une bonne luminosité
excellente netteté et composition
Gerrit (52283) 2009-03-31 13:01
a very elegant building and good crop in fine colors.
The place looks surprisingly a lot like the Hortus Botanicus of Amsterdam - or maybe they look all alike,
vincz (19113) 2009-03-31 13:34
These greenhouse make so beautiful pictures under a deep blue sky like you are showing here. Very well done.
serp2000 (45828) 2009-03-31 21:32
Fine picture from Helsingfors. Excellent colours, good POV for this symmetry. An interesting comment. TFS!
Have a nice wednesday!
Congratulations on the 1 april.
ChrisJ (117699) 2009-03-31 22:07
A marvellous blue sky, with superb sharpness & contrast. Excellent symmetrical composition. Tfs!
danyy (0) 2009-03-31 23:46
belles couleurs mises en évidence par des lumières très bien calibrées. Une photo fraiche et nette, des blancs parfaits.
Cretense (68703) 2009-04-01 0:33
Fantastic symmetry, excellent balanced framing and composition for this fantastic architecture photo. Perfect light managment and impressive definition, as always, brilliant colours, too! Congratulations!
John_F_Kennedy (43763) 2009-04-01 2:52
The exposure is just great and the details are very sharp. I like the symmetry of this good composition with beautiful colours. Well done.
portmanndominic (2400) 2009-04-01 5:10
It's funny they are the same or like the same in Seoul Korea ;-)
good POV with a superb contrast of colours , good note as usual
lousat (97487) 2009-04-01 7:30
Hi George,this is an example of a perfect pic. Perfect light,perfect sharpness,perfect and warm colors,perfect cut,my best complimnents for the very interesting note too about this garden,have a nice day,Luciano
paura (47186) 2009-04-01 17:20
Fantastic architecture you show here. Lighting and colors are excellent in your photo job. well done, friend.
hay_kes (31439) 2009-04-01 22:48
What a superb architectural view vith excellent POV and nice symmetry.TFS.
Have a nice day,
Graal (103038) 2009-04-01 22:49
Jó napot George,
beautiful place in Helsinki. Good shot, fine symetric composition, superb quality. Interesting note, too. Well photojob.
pablominto (53746) 2009-04-03 11:08
A clean composition with fine symmetry!
Amazing sharpness in all details, and the great Nordic light renders very attractive colours...
And i bet they have to turn on the aircon on a sunny summer day like this, hehehe..!
ifanik (21679) 2009-04-05 8:19
Beautiful bilding and beautifl photo
Nice colors and POV
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-20
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Helsinki [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-03-31 0:36