Taina is a horticulturist, garden designer and researcher at the University of Helsinki Fifth Dimension - Green Roofs in Urban Areas research group. Her research concentrates particularly on the environmental change and policy with regard to green roofs in urban areas. She lectures at various educational institutions on green roofs, gardening and design, and frequently writes articles in gardening magazines on matters relating to horticulture, gardening, landscaping and the environment.
She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Urban Diversity research project (2010-2013), coordinated by the University of Tampere and also worked as an expert for the "Deck and Roof Gardens and Green Roofs Committee" on the renewal of the RT 85-10709, the national directive on the subject matter.
Taina obtained her first professional qualifications in the field, the British Higher National Diploma (HND) in Horticulture in Northern Ireland. For over ten years she has worked as Planting Designer on several award-winning designs for leading British garden designers (Carol Klein, Andy Sturgeon, Thomas Hoblyn, Paul Stone, Nigel Dunnett, Catherine MacDonald, Mark Gregory) at the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show.
She has also worked as a Product Manager for Environmental Products for VRJ Group, where her main responsibilities comprised sales, product development and planning of green roofs and urban runoff in the ever-growing urban environment. Through her private consultancy Roslings Manor Gardens, she design gardens, roof gardens, planting and green environments (most recently at the 2015 National Housing Fair in Vantaa, Finland, at the London Barbican Center Roof Garden and at major housing development in urban coastal Helsinki, where she was the other initiator of the "Greenest of Green" project, comprising research green roofs, biodiversity kitchen garden, berry forest garden and a deck garden).
Her current positions of trust include the Deputy Chairperson of the Association of Green Environment (VYL) and the Chairperson of the Garden Builders Association (Puutarhanrakentajat ry). Between 2012-2015 she was the Chairperson of Finnish Horticulturists’ Association.
She joined the Scandinavian Green Roof Association (SRGA) as a Member of the Executive Board in the beginning of 2015.
She offers a variety of gardening-related services with dedicated professionalism, which has earned her some appropriate feedback:
"Very skilled horticulturalist. Pleasant to work with and an extremely good eye for plant combinations". Anne Hamilton, Landscape Designer Fox Gardens, April 27, 2015
"Taina is a passionate expert in gardening and landscaping. She has strong visions to improve the branch in overall but can implement small pieces of garden heavens here and now as well! Trusted colleague, business partner and friend." Eeva Ek, CEO, Terassi Media Oy
"Taina Suonio on perehtynyt kasvillisuuden hyödyntämiseen kaupunkisuunnittelussa ja -rakentamisessa. Alallaan hän on johtavia konsultteja Suomessa ja luotettava yhteistyökumppani." Jussi Hietalahti, CEO, J10 Architects Ltd
"Taina worked with me to help with the planting of my show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2012. She was an incredibly dedicated and hard working assistant. But she also showed the most fantastic sense of artistry when working with plants, combined with a very practical attitude." Nigel Dunnett, Professor of planting design, University of Sheffield
"Suonio and I worked together at the Chelsea Flower Show on several show gardens. Suonio was a major asset when it came to the planting of the gardens. She is extremely hard working, reliable, and very dedicated to the 'perfect finish'. Suonio is always great fun to be around and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her." David Dodd, Owner & Managing Director, The Ourdoor Room Ltd