Hot water plants and geranium thrive on the windowsills in Luostarinmäki. Photo: Raakkel Närhi, TMK.
In the summertime geranium and hot water plants grow on the windowsills in Luostarinmäki. In the flower beds you can find traditional Finnish perennial plants such as bleeding hearts, lychnis, columbine, common soapwort and various lilies.
You can still see remnants of the old rural self-sufficient lifestyle in the courtyards. There are useful plants still growing in the gardens such as potatoes, turnips, spices and herbs including horseradish and chives. You can also admire berry bushes and apple trees planted by former inhabitants on the museum grounds.
Virginia tobacco flourishes as far north as Finland, and it is grown in the courtyard of the Tobacco House.
The strong scent of wormwood repel lice, mites, and fleas. You may see wormwood in the yards, and dried branches hanging in the houses.