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A Celebration of Finnish Gold

Finnish gold.
Golden memories of families and friends
blending together in remembrance and reminiscence.
Success in sustaining the cultural legacy of our loved ones. Unique customs and traditions collected in a location of dedication.
Fifty years of golden achievement with contrasts of difference. Sustaining and maintaining during loss and waning.
Building forward through trial and struggle toward cultural fulfillment.
Fifty years of Finnish attainment.
Fifty years of Finnish gold.

by David Hyry Sharpe

(Click here to read more of David Sharpe's garden-themed poems.)

Getting married?

wedding at Finlandia Gardens Have your wedding in the beautiful setting offered by the Finlandia Wedding Gardens. Your wedding photos will be memorable! Contact Landscape Coordinator David Sharpe at 248-477-5709 or email him at dcs37mgsc@earthlink.net for more information.

We are certified as an Urban Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation and as a Monarch Butterfly Way Station.

Our Garden Associates include Master Gardeners as well as others with knowledge about Finlandia Gardens. All of our funding comes from the FCA, Garden Associates, visitors and friends.

We would be delighted to have you become a Garden Associate. We offer garden activities at all levels of ability and involvement. In addition, we have a woodshop and vegetable gardens available.

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Thoughts on Autumn

By David Sharpe

The summer of 2018 was outstanding in many ways. A wet spring was followed by a period of drought which took its toll on a number of plants including natives. Then it rained and the gardens came into their finest showing ever.

A Little Free Library was added to the gardens in spring. It has been a huge success with FCA members and the surrounding community, particularly with children. This has encouraged readers to explore Finlandia Gardens and learn about the Finnish Center as well.

The patio in front of the FCA building, built by a Boy Scout last year, has been a focal point for the gardens and has been used frequently this year. In addition, a local scout completed restoring the Wedding Gardens across the bridge renewing the beauty of this extensive landscape.

A number of children have been helpful in the gardens this summer and have learned about the maintenance of a garden landscape.

We have met frequent visitors as they explore our garden settings and that fulfills the purpose of our garden efforts.

Now it is time to enjoy the blooming flora of autumn as we enter the fall season. The weedy appearing areas of the gardens in summer, come into bloom in radiant autumn colors. Once you visit Finlandia Gardens they become yours as they are community gardens for all to enjoy. The vista is ever changing so come by as often as you can and be surprised at the evolving panorama.

Stop by at your leisure or contact us for a guided tour of Finlandia Gardens. You can also meet our gardeners on Monday mornings. We gather at 9 AM and are busy till noon. A coffee break at 10:30 AM allows an opportunity to enjoy the gardens and share ideas. Join us for some conversation and a bite to eat.

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