Peter the Great 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: No

Prof. Dr.Sci., Yarmishko, V. T.
Prof. Dr.Sci., Yarmishko, V. T.

About the Peter the Great 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:
Peter the Great Botanical Garden of the V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute
Russian Academy of Sciences
Professor Popov Street, 2
St. Petersburg
Leningrad oblast 197376 Russian Federation

Telephone: 8 (812) 372-54-09
Fax: 8 (812) 372-54-43
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Prof., Dr., Yarmishko V.T., 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
  • Date founded: 1714
  • Physical Data
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 17 Hectares
  • Total Area: 22 Hectares
    Latitude: 59.5816
    Longitude: 30.1922
    Annual Rainfall: 662 mm
    Altitude: 2.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 11000 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 4500
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 15
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 300000
    Number of Volunteers: 300

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 50000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 17500
  • Special Collections:Greenhouse collection: Pteridaceae, Cycadaceae, palms, cacti and succulents, rhododendrons, mangrove plants, orchids, Bromeliaceae, tropical and subtropical plants.

    Open air collections: dendrarium; medicinal, food and crop plants; Lilium and Liliaceae s.l.; Iris and Iridaceae; rocky perennials; lianas; Syringa; Roses; Phlox, Hemerocallis, Tulipa, local rare plants, etc.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Agriculture: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes