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History

Florist Porvoon Kukkatalo was established in November 1964 by gardener Gunnar Bäck. It represented a completely new business concept: Porvoon Kukkatalo combined the services of a traditional florist and a nursery garden, which made it the first flower shop of its kind in Finland. The idea for this type of "florist of the future" came from Denmark, where Gunnar Bäck was completing his practical training period.

The first business premises of Florist Porvoon Kukkatalo, built in 1964, covered an area of 150 square metres. This two-storey building was filled with natural light, making it an ideal environment for flowers and plants. One of the most distinctive features of Porvoon Kukkatalo has always been the atmosphere created by the structure and interior design of its premises: when customers walk in, their first impression is one of lushness and greenness, whatever the time of year. Porvoon Kukkatalo has also always taken pride of its clean, tidy premises and its fresh, healthy flowers and plants. (In an interview for the magazine Puutarha-Uutiset in 1965, Gunnar Bäck states that "it is important that customers see everything that goes on in our shop. Flower arrangements, for example, are made in the immediate vicinity of our packing area, in open view from our main entrance. This is good advertising".)

The premises built in 1964 soon became too small, and they were expanded in 1966, which increased the size of the shop to 500 square metres. A second expansion took place in 1986 as the old premises were virtually demolished and a new shop, 1,000 square metres in total, was built. The latest expansion in 1998 increased the size of the garage, nursery garden and storage area by about 200 square metres.