Moscow State University Botanical Garden

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Russian Federation - Moscow

Institution Code: MW

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Moscow State University Botanical Garden

The motto of the MSU Botanical garden is “The Garden is everybody’s. Its benefits are everybody’s. Its care is everybody’s” (taken from the speech of the first Moscow University Garden director Georg Franz Hoffmann (1807)).
The Garden belongs to Moscow State University and is a department of biological faculty. Located in the MSU campus on Vorob'yevy Gory. All collections are grown outdoors and come from temperate parts of Europe, Asia (Northern, Eastern, Western and Central) and North America. Most part of wild species has been brought from their natural habitats which makes them valuable source of genetic diversity conservation. Total area is 32 hectares. The third part of the Garden (10 hectares) is occupied by Arboretum (1300 species, 157 genera from 60 families). The unique site is the largest Rock Garden in Russia (1 hectare, 700 species of predominantly herbaceous perennials). Among other displays are: useful plants (400 species of medicinal, fiber, tinctorial, melliferous plants),grounds with ornamental plants (162 species, 1318 varieties, 83 genera from 33 families), the Orchard (4,3 hectares, 9 genera of pome and stone fruit crops, berries), Rare plants of Central Russia (200 species, 13 from Red book of Russian Federation, 75 species from Red book of Moscow region). Totaly in the Garden 100 species from Russian Federation Red book, 50 species from the Red book of Moscow region.
Of great scientific interest is the collection of Apiaceae – 170-200 species often coming from remote and hard-to-reach regions used in morphological, anatomical studies of fruits, petioles, leaves, molecular and biochemical research.
The Garden offers annual educational programs for adults and weekend classes for children of different age, horticultural workshops.
There is no Herbarium in the Botanical Garden.
The MSU Herbarium (MW) is placed in the Biological Faculty building.

Main Address:
Moscow State University Botanical Garden
Leninskie gory, 1, Building12
119234 Russian Federation

Telephone: +7495 939 3477, +7495 939 2450
Fax: +7 495 939 4309
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Vladimir Choob
    Curator's Name: Rappoport Alexander, Deputy director
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 50
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number: 24
    Administration Staff Number: 5

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Satellite: Yes
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1950
  • Physical Data
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 30 Hectares
  • Total Area: 32 Hectares
    Latitude: 55.7557
    Longitude: 37.6176
    Annual Rainfall: 650 mm
    Altitude: 190.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Moscow State University Apothecary Garden
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Ботанический сад МГУ «Аптекарский огород»
  • Local Address: Russia, Moscow, Prospect Mira st., #26
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 10
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 80000
    Number of Volunteers: 100

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 6000
  • Special Collections:Trees and shrubs, mountain flora, steppe flora, useful plants, systematics collections, ornamental plants, fruit and berries. Extensive collections of ornamental plants – lilac, tree and herbaceous peonies, irises, phloxes, roses, hemerocallis.
    Special collections:
    Caprifoliaceae (Lonicera)
    Crassulariaceae (Sedum)
    Sapindaceae (Acer)
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes