Botanical garden of Moscow State University is the oldest scientific botanical establishment in Russia. It was founded by Peter the Great in 1706 as a pharmaceutic garden for breeding officinal plants and was located in Suharevskaya Tower in the northern part of Moscow. In 1805 the garden was bought by Moscow State University and renamed into Botanical garden. The old park has several traces of the layout of the 18th century and traces of its changes during the epoch of landscape designs. Some trees in the garden are more than 250-300 years old; the white willow which is the oldest tree in the central part of Moscow and the larch planted by Peter the Great are among them.
In old orchard houses there are unique collections of tropical and subtropical plants including palms, cycases, some of which were handed over to the garden at the beginning of the 20th century as presents from Earl Rasumov`s collections and Demidov`s orchard houses at Sparrow Hills.
Everyday without days-off– 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
In April the garden is closed for 3 weeks.