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The Botanical Garden

If you walk uphill from Carolina along the street towards the castle you will see the French Baroque style garden on the right side. Once a part of the castle grounds, this is one part of the Botanical Gardens and restored according to a plan from the 1750s. Today the garden sprawls out over 34 acres and is divided into many different sections. As previously mentioned, the property was donated to Uppsala University by King Gustav III in 1787.

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Photo: Botanical Garden with Linneanum.

King Gustav also donated the money to build Linneanum, the building standing at the end of the Baroque garden, which was inaugurated in 1807 on Linnaeus’ 100th birthday. In addition to Linnaeus Hall, an ornate room with vaulted ceilings and a sculpture of Linneaus, the building is one of the oldest constructions to be used as an Orangery. During the winter, frost sensitive plants such as oranges, figs and cactus are grown there and then moved outdoors in the summer.

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Along with the orangery, there is a tropical greenhouse nearby where thousands of species from warm-weather climates are cultivated. Palm and cocoa trees, orchids and giant water lilies are a few of the plants grown inside.

Outside of the greenhouse there are many other sections where annuals and perennials are kept and studied. The Botanical Garden receives a multitude of visitors each year. Nevertheless, it is primarily a research and education facility charged with increasing public awareness about biological diversity.

 

Photo: The Botanical Garden greenhouse.

 

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Photo: Kungsängsliljan (Frittilaria meleagris) a checkered lily said to have been brought to Uppsala by Olof Rudbeck from Holland; now found throughout the area.