FBCC supporting The Finnish Soul Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

The Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce are excited and honoured to be working with designer Taina Suonio again on her stunning garden design project. Taina is a horticulturist, environmental biologist and landscape designer whom the chamber collaborated with first time in Spring 2019, when she presented at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as the first ever Finnish designer and first ever Nordic female designer. She was awarded a Silver-gilt for her garden “The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden” in the Space to Grow category.


Taina’s garden designs are coming back to London, as she will be presenting The Finnish Soul Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 –  the most prestigious show in the world.

The Finnish Soul Garden, by way of displaying a variety of indigenous plants in their natural seaside habitat, celebrates the International Year of Plant Health 2020 and the 40th anniversary of coming into force of the first Convention of The Protection of the Baltic Sea Area, the Helsinki Convention. The setting is comprised of a sauna with a cool-off area and a seaside garden as a recreational facility for the inhabitants of the city. The main focus is on the natural Baltic seaside vegetation and scenery with a planted, secluded cool-off area for recreational use for small group bookings.

The garden will reflect traditional seaside life and communality in harmony with the surrounding nature –  it’s a haven with an atmosphere of relaxation, recuperation and recreation.

Among the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce, the project is supported by multiple organisations such as Finland’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, UPM Plywood and Embassy of Finland in London. We are thrilled to be working with Taina Suonio and this incredible group of Finnish companies on this project. We look forward to seeing how the Nordic Heritage Urban Seaside Garden comes alive and brings a small piece of Finland to the Chelsea Flower Show. This is an incredible collaboration and promotes Finland and Finnish expertise in a unique way.


Taina Suonio

Taina is a horticulturist, environmental biologist, landscape designer and researcher in the Fifth Dimension – Green Roofs in Urban Areas research group at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research concentrates particularly on the environmental change and policy with regard to green roofs in urban areas. She also lectures at various educational institutions on green roofs, gardening and design, and writes articles in gardening magazines on matters relating to horticulture, gardening, landscaping and the environment.

Contact Taina at +358 (0)50 443 5789, taina.suonio@rmgardens.fi