Linnaeus Arboretum


800 W. College Avenue St. Peter, MN 56082


Off Hwy.169 between College Ave. and Jefferson Ave., off 7th Street

Phone Number

Run by

Gustavus Adolphus College

Date Established



Landscape Architect Herb Baldwin


55 acres


No admission fee

Peak Season




Garden Type

Rose Garden


Restrooms in the Interpretive Center 
Free parking lot at entrance 
Hiking through 55 acres
Bird watching


These 55 acres have been cultivated as an arboretum by Gustavus Adolphus College, as a resource for their students and as an educational and inspirational resource for all visitors. The Arboretum is named for famed botanist, Carolus Linnaeus (1707 – 1778) who was responsible for instituting binomial, Latin nomenclature – genus and species. There is a bust of Linnaeus at the Arboretum entrance. The three natural ecosystems of Minnesota (the conifer forest of the north, the prairie of the south and west and the deciduous forest of the state’s mid-section) are represented at the Arboretum in expansive areas. These large habitats emphasize the natural associations of plants within each ecosystem. There are collections of specific woody species as well – lilacs, oaks, lindens and ironwoods. Near the entrance is an interpretive center (open selected hours) which hosts exhibits and programs and is a source for printed materials on the Arboretum. Surrounding this building are display beds of garden plants and trees not native to Minnesota. There is an herb garden, a hardy rose garden containing nearly 50 species of roses, a shaded hosta collection, a white garden and several annual and perennial planting beds. Plants are well tended and labeling, especially on deciduous trees, is good. There is a restored Swedish pioneer cabin built in 1866 which was moved onto the Arboretum grounds, within the deciduous habitat, in 1996.

Linnaeus Arboretum
Linnaeus Arboretum
Linnaeus Arboretum
Linnaeus Arboretum
Linnaeus Arboretum