Part 1: My secret gardens

Summer series’ first video follows a garden enthusiast around the city’s rooftops, greenhouses and allotments.

Explore summer in Helsinki

Our summertime video series: a look at life in the capital during the brightest time of the year.

Follow an avid roof-top gardener to her favorite green getaways around the city.

Helsinki contains many gardens that are hidden from the general public’s view. We follow a gardening enthusiast around the city as she shows us her favorite green getaways.

University teacher Anna Maija Luomi takes us to her favorite garden haunts in Helsinki.

The trip starts in the Ruoholahti neighbourhood, where we visit a rooftop garden – a visionary project by Slow Food Helsinki. We also meet grow-it-yourself activists from the environmental organization Dodo. Their Turntable greenhouse near Pasila Railway Station utilises free city space for ecological food production. Our last stop is at the allotment gardens in Vallila, a small, village-like community inside of the city. Originally the municipality rented the land to workers for recreation and food production.

It’s possible to garden anywhere. See for yourself!

By Gustavo Alavedra, July 2012