Puutarhaliitto, Central Organization for Finnish Horticulture increases well-being

  • By encouraging Finns to take up gardening pastimes

  • By promoting Finnish garden culture

  • By improving the competitiveness and vitality of the horticulture sector

As a central organization of the field, Puutarhaliitto ensures adequate functional conditions for the domestic gardening sector and enhances the well-being of citizens through the use of garden and landscape production. The enjoyment of garden products, moving around within a green environment, and pastimes in the field, promote physical and mental well being.

As a central organization, Puutarhaliitto functions in order to increase the value and attractiveness of the products of the entire field. In addition, through cooperation, we also promote the common vision of the field and the coordination of the interests of different stakeholders.

The member organizations of Puutarhaliitto include all the main actors in the garden field:

Professional grower organizations = professional producers
Trade sector organizations = flower and garden traders
Private and public sector landscape operators = landscape builders, planners and maintenance representatives
Local and national organizations promoting pastime activities = enthusiasts
Associations of graduates and students in the field of horticulture = researchers, teachers, students and others interested in success of the field.

A registered specialist garden field association or a garden society may be a member of Puutarhaliitto. Specialist associations are associations that can have sector businesses and professionals as members. Garden associations with members who are private individuals, either from regional garden
societies or national organizations.

Main tasks of Puutarhaliitto

1. Influence and transmit information through its publications

  • Kotipuutarha magazine for enthusiasts and professionals 10 editions / year

  • Viherympäristö- magazine for landscape professionals 6 editions / year

  • Puutarha&kauppa magazine for horticulture professionals in trade and growing 20 editions / year

2. Communication and social influence

3. Quality work in the development and management of quality systems

4. General development of the field and professional advice

5. Organization of events, among others, Spring Garden show, Versoo –popular event for city growers and Open gardens events

6. Encouraging cooperation in the garden field through, for example, the committees of garden societies


Puutarhaliitto is present

The purpose of Puutarhaliitto’s communication is to be present and share specialist knowledge through multichannel media channels. Communication is used to inspire, advise and influence how pleasant and vibrant our living environment is. Communication will look at the good effects of edible plants and ornamental plants in our daily lives. They enhance our well-being, health and provide joy in our lives. At the same time, they promote livelihoods in the field, as well as have an employment impact in Finland.

Popular events

Communication is always multidirectional, meaning that the desires and voices of the sector appear in the topics and content. The events also play an important role in enhancing the Finnish garden culture and pastime activities. Examples of these are the Spring Garden show in Helsinki, the Versoo Exhibition and the national Avoimet Puutarhat summer event.

Own magazines for enthusiasts and professionals

Puutarhaliitto prints the popular Kotipuutarha magazine and serves as a publisher in the Viherympäristö and Puutarha&kauppa magazines. These contain the top current issues and news in the horticultural sector. The magazines are made in cooperation with the member organisations of the Finnish Association of Landscape Industries and Kauppapuutarhaliitto.

Take a look at the communication and take part in interesting events!

Working in the garden field

The garden field is a concrete area of ​​growth. Demand for good garden products is growing and the value and importance of functional environments is increasing. The garden field employs more than 20,000 different professionals trained at more than 20 educational establishments around Finland for a wide variety of tasks, ranging from flower shop florists to landscape builders and planners. Most professionals are in the field of landscape, where both construction and site management require a great deal of work. Some of the jobs are seasonal, with jobs focusing on growing stages or celebratory seasons. This is why multi-expertise is emphasized in the garden field.

A great many appreciate the work of the field because of their closeness to nature and the visible results of one’s own hands. The work is often very practical. Every garden worker can sincerely say that they are raising the prosperity of the population, or even prospects for a better life, in their work.


  1. Basic qualification in gardening for practical work
  2. Professional qualification and specialist professional qualifications for advanced and specialized garden field jobs
  3. Qualifications in Horticulture and Polytechnic Horticulture for planning, leadership and specialist tasks
  4. Qualifications in Agriculture and Forestry (horticulture) for demanding specialist tasks and research
  5. Landscape Architect’s Degree for demanding planning tasks in the landscape field

Advice and quality work

Competitiveness for business operations

Puutarhaliitto has a long history in providing gardening advice for both professionals and enthusiasts. The purpose of vocational advice is to develop the excellence and competitiveness of Finnish gardening companies. Advice on pastime activities is focused in the Kotipuutarha magazine and is also part of the activities of garden societies.

Ensuring quality

The significance of the quality work of Puutarhaliitto has grown over the years as retail and trade centre businesses requiring garden companies to produce products according to quality systems. Puutarhaliitto guides and educates entrepreneurs, and updates quality systems to meet requirements, managing the Laatutarha- ja IP-kasvikset quality systems. Training and information is also available on the HACCP principles, as well as ISO and GlobalG.A.P. quality systems.