Skolträdgården Botanical Garden


From early May to late autumn the botanical garden, covering approximately 1.35 hectares, offers an exciting possibility to witness the ongoing interplay of flowers with various shapes and colours.

The botanical garden was designed by landscape gardener Bengt Schalin and laid out between 1916–1932. The Schauman family donated the area to the town on the condition that an educational garden would be established in the memory of pharmacist Victor Schauman and his wife Elise, who both were greatly interested in gardening.

The garden’s purpose is to “promote the teaching of botany in the town’s schools, while arousing and nurturing interest in and appreciation of the beauty, wonder and benefits provided by the floral display among the local residents”

The upper garden represents classic park architecture, where species are strictly divided according to a category and theme. The lower gardens’ design is more asymmetric and characterised by winding footpaths and green grass areas surrounded by rockeries. A permanent outdoor stage for various events was built in the park in 1992. The stage hosts many major festivities in Jakobstad, such as Jakobs Dagar.