The history of the Botanical Garden of St Petersburg University started in the 1840s when the renowned master gardener Peter Ludwig Buek planted the first trees in front of the Twelve Collegia building. The development of the Botanical Garden in its current place is connected with the name of a prominent botanist Andrey Beketov. He helped the University acquire the land where later the buildings were constructed (Botanical Garden classrooms, the Greenhouse and others). From that moment the Botanical Garden started building the collection of plants.
The Botanical Garden consists of three greenhouses and an outdoor area with a total area of 1,75 hectares.