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The next stop before heading towards the cathedral and castle might be the Linnaeus gardens.

Photo: The Linnaeus Museum and garden. Photo by Erik Grandin.

Cal von Linné (usually called Carl Linnaeus in English) is probably Uppsala’s most famous citizen. In his book, System Naturae, he laid the foundation for a new system of classifying and naming plants. It was not long before other scientists saw the value of his ideas for organization, which replaced earlier systems that were complicated and difficult to use. His system, based on the reproductive systems of plants, is still being used today. He was a humble man as well, as evidenced by his motto “God did the creating, Linnaeus the arranging.”

Like many great men of that period, Linnaeus had multiple careers. As well as his research and writing, he practiced as a physician and also was a member of the Faculty of Medicine in Uppsala. In addition to lecturing students, he led many people on excursions into the forests and meadows of Sweden to observe and study flowers and insects. If you have the opportunity to hike one of the many public trails around Uppsala, it is quite likely that you will be walking in the footsteps of the king of flowers, Linnaeus.

The Linnaeus Museum and garden is located on Svartbäcksgatan (see map) and is open from June through September. On display in the museum are a number of items collected during his travels. The museum is connected to the garden, which contains over a thousand plant varieties. The Linnaeus Garden is arranged according the original plan by Carl Linnaeus in 1745.