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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 four “biome” rooms represent distinct landscapes, from desert to rainforest.  Our collection highlights 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.

Explore the biomes in the new Conservatory!

Antarctic ForestDiverse DesertsMediterranean ScrublandAncient Rainforest