Nobody is spared of knowing Carl Linnaeus, also known as Carl von Linne or Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), the Father of Taxonomy. His name is strongly taught to students of all ages since they enter school. Maybe it is a mortal sin for people in the sciences if they don't know his famous name. He is known most prominently for his binomial classification of living species, or what we presently call the Scientific name, or Genus species. Every living thing has a name, an identification, that no one in the universe own but himself. Genus is the first name and species is the 2nd name. Genus is written starting with a capital letter and species written in small letters. Scientific names are formally written in italics or underlined.
Linnaeus monument beautifully erected inside the Linnaeus Garden at the University of Uppsala
It is reported that Linnaeus started school taking up medicine in the University of Lund, but ended up classifying plants in the University of Uppsala. I love this correlation to our situation, as during our one month stay in Sweden, our base is Lund and ended up later in Uppsala at the end of our stay. (For a thorough discussion about the life of Linnaeus click here)
gate to Linnaeus Garden and Museum
The Uppsala University Botanical Garden is the oldest botanical garden in Sweden since 1655. The old garden, now known as the Linnaeus Garden, is restored in 1745 in French Style following Linnaeus and Carl Harleman's design. It is reported to be planted to 1300 species of plants according to Linnaeus' classification. There are actually 3 separate Linnaeus Gardens, the other two are the Modern Botanical Garden and the Linnaeus Hammarby. We unfortunately only visited the Linnaeus Garden.
center pond inside the garden
The garden is oval and the buildings housing the Linnaeus museum surrounds the garden. We did not enter the museum for lack of time. We were briefed by the garden authority who discussed and entertained questions about Linnaeus and the garden.