Taina is considered a leading pioneer in Finland on green roofs. She believes they improve urban amenities and support the biodiversity of our natural environment. She lectures at various educational institutions and writes articles on horticulture, landscape design and environmental biology. Her style of garden design is predominantly a celebration of the ecological biodiversity-supporting beauty of the native wild. Not to mention, carefully selected areas of her gardens feature an abundance of blooms. Her talent and background provide the perfect pairing with Nicholsons Lockhart Garratt to bring our Chelsea dream to life.
“Connected” is a cool, calm woodland sanctuary providing a tranquil space for people to connect inside a fairy-tale, larger-than-life oak stump. Designed with a minimal interior, the main oak structure provides a Scandinavian feel serving as an office, studio, or relaxation space. Included in the structure is a water feature, a tank filled with rainwater harvested from the roof which gives the impression of a window. As green roofs are one of Taina’s specialities, the planting around the ceiling window echoes the forest plants around it, making it look as if the whole roof is planted.
The garden features native plants from Europe and Finland, including beech, wild crab apple, field maple and silver birch (the Finnish national tree), all underplanted with brambles, dog rose, elder and guelder rose. All are common plants that can be easily grown. “We need to think more carefully about what we plant, because of climate change and pest and diseases, and need to support natural biodiversity. We need to learn to appreciate the smaller details.” Cow parsley, Solomon’s seal, foxgloves, ferns, erythroniums and lily of the valley (Finland’s national flower), emulate a woodland walk, with duckboards leading to the oak building, echoing those that traditionally lead up to Finnish summer cottages.