Explore the biomes
There are six floristic regions in the world: Paleotropical, Neotropical, South African, Australian, Antarctic, and Boreal. The Conservatory contains flora from all of these regions except Boreal (the floristic region that includes Minnesota) and houses the most diverse collection of plants in the region. Every room contains plants from one or more floristic regions — areas defined by distinctive plant life.
The Conservatory is divided into four “biomes” with distinct climates and landscapes, from desert to rainforest. These biomes highlight biodiversity hot spots around the globe with a special emphasis on habitats in the Southern Hemisphere. Our arid biome features the only collection of Somali plants under glass in the world.
Click here for a full inventory of the Conservatory’s living collection, updated monthly