This is where black pepper and chocolate come from!
The Palm House features a great deal of useful tropical plants, which have been marked with yellow signs. Can you find the yellow signs by the black pepper growing close to the seating area, or by the cocoa tree in the middle of the room? Endangered species are marked with red signs.
An evolution path goes around the Palm House, beginning from the main entrance and circling the room anti-clockwise. The evolution path illustrates what the first terrestrial plants looked like, what sorts of plants the dinosaurs walked among, and why flowering plants have become the kings of our contemporary plant world.
Completed in 1889, the Palm House is the oldest of the glasshouses. The front sides of the concrete plant tables circling the room are the first documented concrete structures in Finland.
In the 19th century, the two statue niches in the back wall housed wood-burning ovens to warm the glasshouses. Today the glasshouses are warmed by municipal heating.
Get to know the plants in this room: