The Linnaean Gardens of Uppsala

The Uppsala University Botanical Garden is the oldest botanical garden in Sweden. It became famous in the days of Olof Rudbeck and Carl Linnaeus, with the oldest part today being known as the Linnaeus Garden. It was designed in the French style, with each part reflecting Linnaeus’ ideas. Each plant was chosen carefully in order to fulfil an educational purpose. The garden now includes approximately 1,300 species, all originally cultivated by Linnaeus and arranged according to his system.

The modern botanical garden is situated next to Uppsala Castle, with more than 9,000 species. Well-tended flowerbeds, pruned hedges and straight paths meet visitors in the Baroque garden. In Spring the lawns and borders are bursting with colour from all the bulbs in bloom. The Orangery is part of the Linnaeum building, where the splendid Linnaeus Hall is a much sought-after venue for weddings and parties. A popular garden café and a tropical greenhouse with a unique collection of Saint Paulias are located at the heart of the garden. Visitors can enjoy  a huge diversity of plants, displays of magnolias, a kitchen garden, borders of perennials and an arboretum.

Linnaeus’ Hammarby preserves an authentic 18th century milieu that few other Swedish manors have. Linnaeus bought this property in 1758, wanting a farm in the countryside where he could spend healthy summers with his family. Today the manor reflects Linnaeus’ private life as well as his scientific work and the orchard is filled with rich carpets of flowers between the winding paths.

Welcome to the three Linnaean gardens in which we have combined botany with horticulture for more than 350 years!