“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Virginia in St. Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Gunnar Peterson

Gunnar Peterson Marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, July 26, 2017
1. Gunnar Peterson Marker
Inscription. 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.
Location. 47° 31.745′ N, 92° 33.01′ W. Marker is in Virginia, Minnesota, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Olcott Park, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. On road through middle of Olcott Park, directly opposite the bandshell. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia MN 55792, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oscar Hokka Log House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Gunnar Peterson Marker environs image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, July 26, 2017
2. Gunnar Peterson Marker environs
John Mariucci (approx. 4.2 miles away); Paul Wellstone Memorial and Historic Site (approx. 9.7 miles away).
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2017, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 31, 2017, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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