Linnaean plants at Hammarby

The greatest treasure from Linnaeus's own garden is preserved. Around forty species have survived since the days of Linnaeus. Most likely they are remnants from Hortus Upsaliensis, present-day Linnaeus Garden in Uppsala. These species are an unvaluable biological and cultural heritage. 

Linnaeus's garden and orchard at Hammarby has became overgrown and assumed a woodland character, now known as "The Park". 

Read more about the history of the park.

Previous field inventories

The first large field inventory of surviving Linnaean plants at Hammarby was made at the beginning of the 1940's by professor Rutger Sernander and custodian Erik Lindell. The next large field inventory took place in 1978 as a project for upper secondary school by Mariette Steiner and Karin Eriksson, under the supervision of professor Olle Hedberg and docent Inga Hedberg. These data were summarized and expanded in an inventory by Mariette Manktelow (née Steiner) which was published in 2001, wherein about forty species were defined as being Linnaean.

Linnaeus' Hammarby is a part of the international scientific world heritage 'The Rise of Systematic Biology' which Sweden submitted to UNESCO on a tentative list in 2010. The surviving Linnaean plants are an important part in the preserved cultural heritage which may give Linnaeus' Hammarby world heritage status.

The Plants

Texts are only available in Swedish.

Research and texts Mariette Manktelow, photos Stephen Manktelow. Updated by The Linnaean Gardens of Uppsala. Financial support: Kjell and Märta Beijers Stiftelse.

Last modified: 2024-02-05