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Department of Horticultural Science

Peter Olin

HORT-IMG-Peter OlinLandscape Management
Department of Horticultural Science


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Professor Olin, who formerly chaired the landscape architecture program, is Director Emeritus of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. He has taught upper-level design courses, planting design, gardening and public garden management.

Professor Olin has worked as a landscape architect and was national president of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects and a former member and vice president of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Olin lectures nationally on fundraising, garden management and public garden design. He has consulted on garden management for Washington Park Arboretum; Strybing Arboretum; North Carolina Arboretum; Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University; and University of California, Santa Cruz, Botanic Garden. In 2008 he was awarded the American Public Garden Association's Award of Merit (its second-highest award), the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Public Service Award, and was inducted into the Minnesota Landscape and Nursery Association's Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Landscape Architecture graduate faculty.

Olin's invited talks, reviews and papers include: "Master Planning for Public Gardens", APGA Design Conference, Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Sept 2008: "Volunteers at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: A Case Study", for the U.S. - Russia Volunteer Training Workshop, Komarov Botanical Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia, April 2008;  "Master Planning for Public Gardens", The 3rd Southeast Asia Botanic Gardens workshop on Establishing New Gardens, Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden, University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October- November 2006:  Selected presentation and class on the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for the national  meeting and conference of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Minneapolis, MN October, 2005:   "Sustainable Botanic Garden Design and Planning", The Sixth National Workshop on Biodiversity Conservation for Botanic Gardens in China, at Kandoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong, China, Nov. 2005;  One of the team for Academic Program Review of the prestigious Longwood Graduate Program, University of Delaware and Longwood Gardens, Newark, Delaware, October 2004;  developing an international children's education program with two botanic gardens in Russia and one in Estonia, University of Moscow Apothecary Garden, State University of Tver Botanic Garden, Tver, Russia and University of Tartu Botanic Garden in Tartu, Estonia, 2007.


Olin, P.J. Funding Botanic Gardens and Arboreta in the 21st Century. B.G.C.I. New, Vol 2 No. 5. London. August 1995.

Olin, P.J. From Street to Door: The Entry Experience. American Nurseryman. May 1994.

Olin, P.J., Lance Neckar, J. McKinnon and J. Kieft. 1988. A Sense of Place. Video.

Olin, P.J. Site planning for arboreta and botanic gardens. The Public Garden. January 1989.

Olin, P.J., G. Koller, M. Marshall, P. White and I. Robertson. Forum on the design of arboreta and botanic gardens. Landscape Architecture Magazine. January 1989.


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chanhassen, MN 55317-0039


420 Alderman Hall
1970 Folwell Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108-6007

Phone: 612.625.4253