The (Snow) Garden as a Unique Space for Human–Nature Relations

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This chapter considers the domestic garden both in its snow-free and snow-covered forms as a unique space for human–nature relations. While there has been abundant research on the cultural, historical, social and horticultural aspects of private gardens, the time of garden ‘inactivity’ in winter is scarcely mentioned in contemporary literature. The active gardener at the Arctic Circle in Finland, however, does not become inactive during long winters. On the contrary, for six months or so, snow and ice become the target of regular outdoor activity on private premises. For the homeowner, who is in focus of this chapter, snow work (lumityö in Finnish) allows for physical exercise and cultural engagement. Snow work thus fulfills a variety of functions in the Arctic everyday, and while it can be minimized through hiring snow removal services, it can never be completely avoided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving and Working With Snow, Ice and Seasons in the Modern Arctic
Subtitle of host publicationEveryday Perspectives
EditorsHannah Strauss-Mazzullo, Monica Tennberg
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-36445-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-36447-1, 978-3-031-36444-0
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesArctic Encounters


  • snow work
  • everyday
  • cultural history
  • reconstruction time
  • arctic gardening
  • food security

Field of science

  • Sociology


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