Swedish gardener and scientist Magnus Lindén at Willamette

In celebration of the 300th anniversary year of the birth of Carl Linnaeus, Willamette University announces a rare opportunity to hear distinguished Swedish gardener and scientist Magnus Lindén curator of the Uppsala Botanic Garden and the Linnaeus Garden. He will give two free talks Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Paulus Lecture Hall, Room 201, Collins Legal Center at Willamette University.

He travels internationally as a scientist and speaker; he is a knowledgeable gardener and collector, and has published widely on species concepts and plants in the Fumariaceae, especially those in the genus Corydalis. This primarily Asian genus is a native of Oregon and is a relative of Pacific bleeding hearts. He has written books and numerous papers on plants. Visit his website, which includes his biography, main research projects, and spectacular photos.

The evening talk is especially for the gardening audience, whereas the first talk focuses on Linnaeus, who served on the faculty of medicine at Uppsala University, the site of the largest Swedish collection of plants cultivated and described by Carl von Linn. Refreshments will be served after the evening lecture.

The event is sponsored by Willamette University, Uppsala University, Northwest Perennial Alliance, the Salem chapter of Native Plant Society of Oregon and the Hardy Plant Society.

  • 4:15 p.m. Taxonomy and the Legacy of Linnaeus
  • 7 p.m. Hunting Corydalis on the Top of the World