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All artist homes at Lake Tuusula had big gardens. An integral part of the families’ lifestyle, they were also important for their livelihoods. The crops from the garden were particularly vital to the Halonen family with its eight children, whereas for Aino Sibelius the garden was a world of her own, “a great comfort in life, with miraculous powers.”

The gardens were laid down while the houses were still under construction. The families ordered seedlings and seeds together and shared them. Experiences were also shared. When the first roses bloomed at the Järnefelts’, the mistress of the house, Saimi, could not wait to tell her friend Aino.