Welcome to Gardenia

A unique tropical garden, Gardenia, was opened in April 2001. It is a limited joint stock company co-owned by the City of Helsinki and the University of Helsinki. The luxuriant garden, covered by glass, is a beautiful and refreshing place to visit all year  round.

Gardenia is situated in Viikki, in the geographical centre of Helsinki, approx. 10 km from the city centre. The tropical garden can be reached by buses number 57, 68, 79 and 550 or by car via Lahti motorway, Kehä I (ring road) or Itäväylä road.

Contact information:

Tel. +358 9 3478 400
Fax. +358 9 3478 4010
Address: Koetilantie 1, 00790 Helsinki
Email: info(at)

Opening hours

Mon - Thu from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat, Sun from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday closed


Adults 4 €
Children 3 to 17 years 2 €
Annual ticket 15 €

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Information centre in the geographical centre of Helsinki

A visit to Gardenia and its surroundings offers multiple opportunities to improve your knowledge of environmental issues and gardening. The latest news of horticulture is available in the cafeteria, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while reading magazines.

Near Gardenia, you can find the past and the future: the oldest cultivated area in Helsinki and the attractive Museum of Agriculture represent the historical Helsinki, and the Biocenter of the University of Helsinki with the experimental area of sustainable construction in Viikki show you the trends of the future.

Gardenia facilities

• Tropical garden
• Outdoor gardens
• Guided tours in the garden
• Guided tours in the surrounding nature
• Facilities for meetings and celebrations
• Environmental education for children
• Tips for gardening

The Tropical Garden

The tropical plant species in Gardenia are mostly of South-East Asian origin. The main idea while selecting the species to Gardenia was to display plants that are somehow used by man. Consequently you find exotic fruit, spices and herbs in the botanical collection in Gardenia. The most important species of tropical forestry and fibre yielding plants are also represented. Various palm trees, bamboos and blooming orchids create the exciting atmosphere in the Gardenia Hall, and in the Theme Garden you find rice, cotton, mango and many other plants demanding warmer and more humid conditions.

Gardenia hall and meeting rooms

Gardenia is also available for family celebrations and business gatherings. If you wish to arrange an exotic party, the Gardenia Hall can house even 120 persons dining or 250 persons at a cocktail-party. For smaller parties and business meetings Gardenia has two conference rooms, Kaneli and Timali (each for 20-30 persons).

Fees per hour:
Gardenia Hall 272 €/h (323 €/h after midnight).
Conference rooms Kaneli and Timali 46 €/h (when the tropical garden is open)

The prices include VAT (24 %) and are valid for the present.

Nature School

Gardenia offers environmental education for the school children of Helsinki. During their visit to the Töyhtöhyyppä Nature School, teenagers explore the wonders of nature and learn how to care for their surroundings. Trips to the Vanhankaupunginlahti bay nature reserve and educational walks in the tropical garden offer children valuable lessons about nature and thrilling adventures to remember.

Information about gardening

The trained personnel of Gardenia are ready to help you with problems concerning gardening. Information is available for the inhabitants of Helsinki by phone from 12 to 3 p.m. from Monday to Thursday. Horticultural magazines and literature can be leafed through in the cafeteria during opening hours. Gardenia also offers lectures for both the public and the professional audience. On theme courses, specialists give instructions on how to get the best out of your garden or how to use your greenhouse effectively.

Information about the surrounding nature

The Vanhankaupunginlahti bay nature reserve is an important wetland site of international interest with its reedbed marshlands and surrounding alder woodlands. It is only a ten-minute walk to the shore from Gardenia, which is well worth taking, as during the walk you pass the vast cultivated fields and the Arboretum of the University of Helsinki. Maps of the area are available in Gardenia as well as guided tours to the nature reserve. If in hurry, you can become acquainted with the surrounding nature and its protection in the Viikki exhibition in the lobby of Gardenia.
Gardenia co-operates with the inhabitants of Viikki, the environmental authorities, and with environmental organisations to enhance sustainable development in Helsinki. The public is welcome to Gardenia to seek advice for more ecological living and take part in environmental events.

Other sights in Gardenia surroundings
• Viikki Arboretum
• The Nature Reserve
• Vanhankaupunginlahti Bay
• Museum of Agriculture
• University of Helsinki, Viikki division
• Museum of Technology
• Museum of Power Plants
• Annala Mansion and the Gardens
• Arabia China Factory and Factory Shop