Today, on June 8, the thoroughly renovated Palm House was officially reopened in the Tallinn Botanical Garden at Kloostrimetsa tee 52.
The Palm House was opened by the Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart, the Deputy Mayors Eha Võrk and Kalle Klandorf, the Director of the Tallinn Botanical Garden Urve Sinijärv and the representative of the construction company Ehitus5ECO.
Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart said that the Tallinn Botanical Garden plays a noteworthy role in researching, protecting and familiarising the plant kingdom to the public, and that he is especially pleased with the project of the Plant Kingdom Embassy. "This project may help us understand what makes our national wildlife so special and why it should be preserved," said Kõlvart.
"The city of Tallinn pays more and more attention to the environmental matters, and the fact that the goals of the Botanical Garden are supported is a clear proof of this. Figuratively speaking, where else should the people’s individual green transition take place if not in the Botanical Garden," said Urve Sinijärv, the director of the Botanical Garden. "The Palm House is a unique building for both Tallinn and the whole of Estonia, where the abundance of heather plants is introduced, allowing everyone a tropical short break in cold weather."
According to Sinijärv, significantly better growing conditions have been created for plants than before. "It can be said that while before Palm House had its indoor climate control mechanisms from the last century, now the building has entered the 21st century," said Sinijärv. "In order to survive the dark winter time, the house is now equipped with special plant lamps. Ventilation hatches operate autonomously and respond to air temperature as well as wind and precipitation. The ventilation mechanism, calculated to the smallest detail, helps to successfully combat the universal problem of greenhouses - water condensation on the inner surfaces of glass walls.”
During the renovation, the glass facade of the Palm House tower was made more heat-resistant, heating and ventilation solutions were reconstructed and the interior finish was also renewed. The café, which was previously located on the ground floor, will soon open on two levels so that visitors can enjoy a full view of the entire plant area.
The reconstruction of the Palm House was designed by Infragate AS. The construction works ware conducted by Ehitus5ECO OÜ and supervised by P.P. Ehitus Supervisory Authority OÜ. The total cost of the project was close to €2.2 million.
The Tallinn Botanical Garden was established as an institute of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR on December 1, 1961. The Botanical Garden became a municipal institution in 1995 and since January 2005, it has been under the administration of the Tallinn Environmental and Public Utilities Department. The Botanical Garden is a member of the Baltic Botanical Gardens Association and the International Organization for the Conservation of Botanical Gardens. In 2002, it was listed in the state register of research and development institutions.
The botanical garden is constantly evolving and renewing. In addition to the Palm House, greenhouses were also reconstructed last year. This September, a new administrative building of the Botanical Garden will be completed, and in the future, it is planned to use the vacant premises of the current administrative building at Kloostrimetsa tee 52 as a visitor centre. Of the outdoor areas, the rock garden is currently being renovated, which will be completed this summer.