The Bailey Herbarium is administered by the joint Biology Department of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. It is located in Peter Engel Science Center, Room 329, on the Saint John’s campus, Collegeville. The herbarium houses about 25 cabinets of specimens, two networked computers, a networked printer, scanner, swivel arm and standard dissecting microscopes for studying specimens, an extensive work area, and seating.
The Bailey Herbarium is the largest private college herbarium in Minnesota with about 32,000 specimens of vascular plants, algae and fungi. The Herbarium serves a vital role in the teaching of several courses (i.e., Plant Systematics, Ecology) and is used extensively by students, faculty, and others for research in plant systematics and ecology. The Herbarium also provides a variety of botanical services to the public including plant identification clinics and guest lectures.
The herbarium is typically open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year or by appointment. Visitors to the herbarium are always welcome. The herbarium is a wonderful and comfortable place to study or read. Everyone is welcome to "hang out” in the herbarium. There is a boom box to listen to music and even a microwave to heat your lunch.
The purpose of this web site is to provide information about the Bailey Herbarium and to serve as a gateway to information about plants in Central Minnesota.