The Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL) is the largest horticultural research library in the Upper Midwest.  This library is a destination for amateur gardeners as well as research professionals.     From historic to modern, the library's collection focuses on:

  • birds 
  • botanical art 
  • botany
  • cooking  
  • floral design  
  • forestry
  • history of the Upper Midwest
  • gardening
  • landscape design
  • nature literature
  • nature crafts
  • picture books

The architecture and custom-built furnishings are yet another reason to visit the library. High ceilings, large bay windows, and wood paneled walls were designed by Minnesota architect Edwin Lundie.  George Nakashima created the natural wood furniture for the space.

Planning Your Visit

AHL is open to the public and is part of the University of Minnesota Libraries.  A reading and reference library; the items do not circulate.  Search AHL's book and journal holdings by using the University Libraries' catalog.  Additionally, AHL houses seed and nursery catalogs available for use at the library.

Make an appointment in advance to view rare and historic material.  Contact the librarian, Kathy Allen.

The library is in the Leon C. Snyder building at  Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN. There is an admission fee for entry to the Arboretum, but it is waived for visitors who come only to research at the library.

View an enlarged street map and get directions.  A map of the Arboretum grounds is also available. For more information about the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, call (612) 624-2200.