The Wendla Garden is located behind the old barn on the grounds of the Jokioinen Estate. The area was named after Wendla Gustava von Willebrand.

The Natural Resources Institute Finland uses the Wendla Garden to conserve and showcase old plants that have grown on the Jokioinen Estate. The garden is also home to national plant genetic resources, such as Japanese quince, tree onions, and sour cherries.

The Fascination of Plants event in the spring of 2013 brought a large group of gardening enthusiasts to the Wendla Garden. (Photo: Maria Hyvönen / Luke)

In addition, the garden showcases sustainable fruit, berry, and ornamental plants of scientific value. Particular attention is paid to the importance of plant genetic resources, i.e. the cultural history of plants and diversity within a species, in the presentations.

Finland is committed to conserving the plant genetic resources of Finnish horticulture. These include old varieties that have long been cultivated in Finland and that have become accustomed to Finnish conditions, as well as landraces and varieties born or bred in Finland. The Wendla Garden provides an opportunity to learn about conservation work. The garden also demonstrates what the conservation of diversity means in practice. Furthermore, the Wendla Garden shows visitors that plants have a cultural history related to genetic resources.

The Wendla Garden is useful for those working to conserve old, valuable cultural environments and historical gardens. The garden is open to the public.

Address: Humppilantie 9 A, Jokioinen, Finland

Photo on top of the page: Janne Lehtinen