Botanical Garden of the V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute

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Russian Federation - Leningrad oblast - St. Petersburg

Institution Code: LE

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Botanical Garden of the V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute

St. Petersburg Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in our country. The Garden served as the basis for an "Apothecary garden", founded by Peter I in 1714 for the cultivation of medicinal herbs, as well as rare and interesting foreign plants. The growth of the collections and the importance of the botanical studies led to the establishment in 1823 of the Imperial Botanical Garden. During the years 1823-1824 is built quads greenhouses, which largely survive to this day. At the same time, the grounds were created. By 1913, the Garden became the national center of plant science and one of the leading botanical institutions in the world.

Two articles written on the collections of the Komarov Botanical Institute's Botanical Garden:

Tkachenko K. G., Pautova I. A., Korobova M. M. The Introduction Nursery of Food, Crop and Medicinal Plants at the Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences: its role in the conservation of biodiversity // Botanic Gardens Conservation News. 1997. Vol. 2, N 8. P. 38-40.

Smirnov Y.S., Tkachenko K.G. The Botanical Garden of the Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Science celebrate 285 years // Botanical Collections and Biodiversity. Linnean Society occasional Publications 3, 2001. London, Westbury Publishing. P. 109-115.

Main Address:
Botanical Garden of the V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute
Russian Academy of Sciences
Professor Popova Street, 2
St. Petersburg
Leningrad oblast 197376 Russian Federation

Telephone: (812) 234-19-53
Fax: (812) 346-36-43
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Y. S. Smirnov, Director
    Curator's Name: Dr. Kirill Tkachenko
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 60
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 9
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 59.9390
    Longitude: 30.3157
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 11000 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 16
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 16000
  • Special Collections:Cycadaceae, palms, cacti, rhododendrons, mangrove plants in greenhouse, Lilium, Tulipa, Iris, lianas, turfgrass, dendrarium, medicinal plants, Syringa, rocky perennials, food and crop plants, trees hardy in the boreal region, greenhouse collection.

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