Ylistönrinne park and garden areas

The parklike Ylistönrinne represents the 1990s garden style and the utilisation of Finland’s uncultivated flora in landscaping.


The original idea for Ylistönrinne Park was to use native uncultivated flora in the landscaping. The first species were planted in summer 1991 according to Juhani Rajala’s plan.


The first plantings were carried out in the area in summer 1991 according to Juhani Rajala’s plan, but the plantings surrounding the buildings were designed by the architecture firm Sipinen. The building complex is bordered by a natural forest with rich grass-herb vegetation. Part of the forest is protected as a conservation area and home to numerous butterflies and the signature mollusc of Jyväskylä, the rare clausilia dubia.

Ylistön kukkia

The trees that have been planted on the grounds of the Department of Chemistry include spruces, aspens, Scots elms, European white elms, little-leaved lindens, oaks, downy birches and silver birches. Blue honeysuckles and low-growing willow trees grow along the Survontie road. Grove plants have been placed on the shady side of the central area, whereas the sunny side houses meadow and field plants.

In the green areas of the Department of Biological and Environmental Science, you can find little-leaved linden, silver birch, fly honeysuckle, and buckthorn. Little-leaved linden has also been planted around the Nanoscience Center.

Already at an early stage, the garden was second priority to the campus building project. The planted areas have become smaller, and some of them have had to give way to the new buildings. To some extent, the original landscaping plan with its uncultivated flora has been replaced by species common in standard parks.