“Linnaeus did a great deal of experimenting with growing for self-sufficiency; he liked the idea of growing plants that were expensive to import and asked whether we couldn’t just grow our own bananas, coffee and expensive herbs,” explains Lotta Saetre, communications officer at the Botanical Garden of Uppsala University. Carl Linnaeus is of course mainly known as the father of modern taxonomy, due to his creation of a system for naming organisms, but it is his passion for cultivation and harvesting that has inspired this year’s programme. “For ten days in September, there’ll be an exhibition in the Orangery just about everything connected to growing and harvesting,” says Saetre.

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