This study examines the formation of the domestic garden in Finland 1870-1930. The purpose is to open new perspectives into how gardens, especially domestic gardens, served as a tool in building of the new nation and at the same time to explore the role of women in the process. The study is based on biographical material concerning Aino Sibelius (1871-1969) and her garden in Ainola, Järvenpää and the garden writing of Jenny Elfving (1870-1950), a teacher and prominent actor in the field of horticulture. Contemporary garden literature and articles in newspapers and magazines also served as material for this inquiry. Popular enlightenment was an essential part of the project of nation building. The notion of gardening as a tool for improving the people became one of its topics and spread widely in Finland in the last decades of the 19th century. A new type of garden for the people took shape in the popular garden literature that was published by the end of the century. This discussion links homes, gardens and women together. The analysis of Jenny Elfving´s and Aino Sibelius´s agency shows that women played vital role in the formation of the domestic garden. By hoeing and weeding, planting and tending, writing and teaching these two women defined the garden´s physical and intellectual boundaries. Their work in and for the gardens formed and reflected meanings that society assigned to gardens. Through this process the vegetable patch intended as the place for women, grew into a domestic garden, which became associated with the tools of craft and design, utility and beauty and feelings as well as the work done in the garden.
|Place of Publication||Helsinki|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|MoE publication type||G4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)|