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The Linnaeus Arboretum, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus Collegemarker in Saint Peter, Minnesotamarker, USAmarker, contains a number of botanical gardens and an arboretum. The arboretum is named for Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist. Its first trees were planted as small seedlings in 1973 on agricultural land.


The arboretum was designed to represent the shape and ecosystem layout of the state of Minnesotamarker. Therefore, the three major natural ecosystems found in Minnesota are represented in the arboretum: the conifer forest in the north, the prairie in the south and west, and the deciduous forest in between. A fourth area surrounding the Melva Lind Interpretive Center includes cultivated gardens and trees that were introduced into the state from other regions of the globe.


Evelyn Gardens
Greater Gustavus Hosta Garden

Linnaeus Arboretum is home to twelve official gardens which are as follows:

  • Thornberg Garden - Color from spring-flowering bulbs to chrysanthemums in the fall.
  • Greater Gustavus Hosta Garden - More than 20 varieties of hosta plants.
  • Melva Lind Rose Garden - Nearly 50 rose bushes selected from Canadian varieties.
  • Evelyn Gardens - Two gardens of perennial flowers, shrubs, and small trees.
  • Swenson White Garden - White flowering annuals, perennials, and shrubs: dogwoods, viburnum, potentilla, magnolia, plum, and mock orange.
  • Thompson Herb Garden - Culinary, medicinal and fragrant herbs; herbs important to Native American cultures; and herbs with Biblical roots.
  • First Ladies' Lilac Walk - A collection of lilac bushes.
  • Presidents' Oak Grove - An oak tree in honor of each president of the College.
  • Uhler Prairie - Grasses and flowers native to the drier areas of Minnesotamarker.
  • Johnson Prairie Outlook - A quiet place where one can sit on glacial boulders and observe the prairie.
  • Gamelin Linden Grove - Trees from both the Old World and the New World displaying variation within the genus Tilia.
  • Esbjornson Ironwoods - Ironwood trees.

Other attractions

The arboretum also has a number of other attractions which are as follows:

  • Alexis Memorial Bluebird Trail - Bluebird houses winding through the arboretum. Named for a longtime professor of English who was an avid birder.
Borgeson Family Cabin
  • Borgeson Family Cabin - Built in 1866 by Swedish pioneers, the cabin was moved to the arboretum and restored in 1986. Adjacent to the cabin is a small vegetable garden that is planted annually with seeds that were stored from when the Swedish pioneers sailed across the ocean.
  • Linnaeus Sculpture - Created by Paul T. Granlund, sculptor-in-Residence at Gustavus Adolphus College. The bust grows out of a linden tree, and the wig includes impressions of the layout of the formal Linnaeus' Botanical Gardenmarker in Uppsala, Swedenmarker. Another copy was donated by the college to the Uppsala University Botanical Garden.
  • Meditation area - Designed using Chinese Elements and feng shui concepts to foster inspirational and intuitive introspection. Is used frequently as a space for yoga and t'ai chi students. Created in 2004.
  • Melva Lind Interpretive Center - Exhibits and programs. Constructed in 1988.
  • Wetlands - A re-creation of similar areas that existed on this same land a little over a century ago, home to aquatic and semi-aquatic plant and animal species.

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