On quiet winter days as the gardens sleep, gardeners give thanks for the chance to start anew. The cozy, wood-paneled Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a must-stop for gardeners dreaming about next summer’s gardens.
Gardeners can find a seat at a table designed by renowned American woodworker George Nakashima and browse through more than 200 periodicals and nearly 20,000 books to learn about plants and find different perspectives on garden design.
They can also explore a newly-created digital archive, featuring 30 years of landscape gardener Duane Otto’s designs. Otto designs the arboretum’s tulip displays and the annual gardens each year and creates hand-drawn maps detailing each bed. The digital archive of Otto’s garden designs and photographs can be found at umedia.lib.umn.edu.
The library is also home to one of North America’s largest seed and nursery catalog collections, featuring more than 75,000 items dating from 1614 through today.
Gardeners looking for a specific, hard-to-find plant can call the library at 612.301.1239 for help tracking it down, or visit the library’s Plant Information Online tool to look it up.