Andersen Horticultural Library Off-campus

Located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL) is a reference library specializing in horticulture, botanical art, plant sciences and natural history. 

In addition to the reference collection, custom-built Nakashima furnishings make this space a welcoming retreat for reading and reflection.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Visit the Andersen Horticultural Library

Masks required. Follow safety protocols.

Plan your visit

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

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Collections in the Andersen Horticultural Library

The Library collection is a rich resource for everyone from the weekend gardener planning a perennial border to the professional horticulturist.  

Its collection of nearly 20,000 books and 300 subscriptions to magazines, newsletters, and scientific journals provides information and inspiration.  

Areas of specialization include

  • horticulture,
  • botany,
  • landscape design,
  • botanical illustration,
  • garden crafts,
  • cookbooks, and
  • natural history.  

Included is a children's collection of books for readers of all ages. 

Digitized collections The digitized collections of the Andersen Horticultural Library are freely available online through the UMedia Archive.

Special research collections

Our special research collections include:

  • One of North America's largest seed and nursery catalog collections with over 76,000 items dating from 1614 to the current year.  More than 8,000 firms are represented.  Plants from hundreds of recent catalogs were listed in the now-retired Plant Information Online; find alternatives to Plant Info here.
  • Rare books and journals on horticulture, botany, garden design, botanical art and illustration, trees, birds, flowers, and other natural history subjects from the early 1500s to the present
  • Archives such as the Frances R. Williams Hosta Archives.

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Exhibits

Beyond the Catalog: Seed & Nursery Artifacts

Take a glimpse into gardening history. Explore artifacts from the Andersen Horticultural Library's Historic Seed & Nursery Catalog Collection, including wooden seedboxes, colorful seed packets, belt buckles, toy trucks, seed testers, and more.

November 6, 2021 - March 19, 2022 Andersen Horticultural Library

Forever Green: Conifers from The Genus Pinus

Get your fix of greens, even in the midst of a Minnesota winter. Exquisitely depicted cone-bearing trees from the Library's rare 1842 edition of "A Description of the Genus Pinus" are featured. 
Many of the images were created by renowned Austrian artist Ferdinand Bauer. Scan the QR codes on the description cards for each image to locate that species on the Arboretum grounds, and compare the living trees to the historical artists' renditions.

November 6, 2021 - March 19, 2022 Skyway Gallery, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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Events

StoryTime

Join us for Virtual StoryTime with the library staff! We are taking a pause on new storytimes, but you can watch all the past weeks of storytimes here on the Arboretum's website. Watch for Storytime to return in September!

Call for artists

Artists from around the world are invited to show us the best of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s flora and fauna. Information about this joint project with the library, as well as submission information is on the FFI website.

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Give to the collection

The Andersen Horticultural Library relies on the generosity of the community to help fund its operations.  Your funds to help us get books, seed and nursery catalogs, and journals unique to our collection. Benefactors ensure our library's ability to educate and inspire.

Make a gift or become a Friend of AHL today.

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