Welcome to Linnaeus Arboretum

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Linnaeus Arboretum on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College provides an enriching environment to educate the mind, revive the spirit, and delight in Minnesota's natural history and the College's Swedish heritage.

The Arboretum is named for Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), a Swedish botanist who is best known for his work shortening long Latin descriptive plant names to a simpler binomial nomenclature system. the Arboretum's logo incorporates Linnaeus's favorite plat, Linnaea borealis L, or the twinflower, found in Sweden as well as northern Minnesota.
Minnesota is home to three major vegetation communities: the conifer forest in the north, the prairie in the south and west, and the deciduous forest in between. These natural communities are represented in the western portion of the Arboretum. The area surrounding the Melva Lind Interpretive Center includes formal gardens and trees from around the globe that are hardy in Minnesota. The first trees were planted in 1973 on what was once prairie and then agricultural land.

We invited you to walk the Linnaeus arboretum trails, experience its special beauty, and enjoy this unique campus sanctuary. Linnaeus Arboretum is open during daylight hours throughout the year. the Melva Lind Interpretive Center is open weekdays during the school year 8:30am - Noon and by appointment. 

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