Gunnar Peterson

Gunnar Peterson (HM20DG)

Location: Virginia, MN 55792 St. Louis County
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N 47° 31.745', W 92° 33.01'

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Gunnar Peterson (1880-1951) was Virginia's first horticulturalist, hired in 1926. He became renowned for his elaborate flower beds at this location. Born in Sweden, he learned landscape architecture under his father and grandfather and received additional training in Germany.

This is one example of his work, done in 1934, a tribute to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This floral bed was 20 feet by 30 feet and contained 13,000 plants of various shapes and colors. As we look northward in the photo, we can see the old school farm and superintendent's house-now the site of Essentia Health, Virginia.

One can see a permanent display of Peterson's works at the Virginia Area Historical Society Heritage Museum located just east of here.
HM NumberHM20DG
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Date Added Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 533859 N 5264059
Decimal Degrees47.52908333, -92.55016667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 31.745', W 92° 33.01'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 31' 44.7" N, 92° 33' 0.59999999999988" W
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Area Code(s)218
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Olcott Park, Virginia MN 55792, US
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