On a recent trip to Malta I felt so happy seeing the wildly spilling bougainvillea and rows of prickly pears. I had forgotten how much I love being around plants and I had the same feeling yesterday at Helsinki’s Winter Garden.
It’s funny to visit the Winter Gardens when we are having a lovely late summer, but it was well worth a visit to the stunning glasshouses.
Built in 1893, the gardens were recently renovated and are home to over 200 plants.
To my delight there is a room dedicated to succulents and cacti, many of which are currently in bloom.
I just love these plants, they really make my heart sing. I felt so happy wandering around and would love to have some of them growing at home.
There is also a display of puppets on at the moment, which gives the place a really magical feel.
In another wing there are beautiful palms and tables set out where you can sit and read or enjoy a picnic with friends.
Outside there is a beautiful rose garden with views across Töölönlahti.
I look forward to returning in winter when Helsinki is no longer so green and keeping warm amongst the plants. There’s enough there to warm even the prickliest of hearts.
Helsinki’s Winter Gardens (Talvipuutarha) are at Hammarskjöldintie 1 & entry is free.