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Onions on the walls in Rudbeck’s and Linnaeus’ botanical gardens Less than an hour from Stockholm and only twenty minutes from Arlanda, in the university town of Uppsala, you find the home and gardens of Carl Linnaeus. As you step into the beautiful baroque gardens of the world-famous botanist and physician, you leave the city’s pulse behind.

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ore than a thousand species of Swedish and foreign vegetables, wildflowers, trees and medicinal plants are arranged according to Linnaeus’s classification system, first published in 1735. Recognized as the “Father of Taxonomy”, Linnaeus also invited the binomial system of naming organisms that we still use today. But the history of the botanic garden starts earlier than that, when the professor in medicine, Olof Rudbeck (senior), got permission from Queen Kristina to start the first botanical garden in Sweden. In 1655 came a shipment with plants from Holland. The Queen had by now abdicated. And the plants landed in a garden by the outskirt of the city. Thanks to Olof Rudbeck, the garden developed to an institute with prestige, and with such a good reputation even Carl von Linné couldn’t stay away. Not only did Olof Rudbeck create a garden in world-class. But his big life project was putting together a collection of books with all the

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known herbs and plants - Campus Elysii. Unfortunately, the pressure logs, books and garden was burned down in the great fire 1702. The only thing that survived the fire was the “flower book” with thousands of beautiful drawing and illustrations of flowers that would be a good template for colouring in by hand. In the garden of Linnaeus, you can during the summer find the exhibit Bulbi Rudbeckii, with a big selection of illustrations from the “flower book”. The posters show bulbs and tubers that were cultivated here during the second part of the 1600s. Most of the pictures in the exhibition are drawn by the son Olof Rudbeck (junior) and the younger daughter Wendela Rudbeck – the project was in many ways a family project! If you pay attention, you can find an illustration by Olof Rudbeck (senior) himself ! Please, come and enjoy tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, gladioles, irises, snowdrops, crocuses and lilies! Closing for the season on the 29th of September. Have a great summer! Text: Lotta Saetre Photo: Jesper Kårehed

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