Established around 500 years ago, our Botanical Garden is the oldest at any German university. Its greenhouses, outdoor areas, herbal garden and “scent and touch” garden are home to a total of more than 10,000 plants.

Diverse Pflanzen im botanischen Garten. Links daneben stehen Gewächshäuser.
Foto: Eine junge Frau zeigt einer älteren Dame den botanischen Garten während der Orchideenschau.
Eine Studierende im rotem Mantel sitzt vor dem herbstlichen Pflanzen im botanischen Garten und zeichnet.
Zu sehen sind die Rektorin der Universität Leipzig, Prof. Dr. Beate Schücking, das Vorstandsmitglied der Sparkasse Leipzig, Heinrich Brendel, Ingo Fischer vom Staatsbetrieb Sächsisches Immobilien- und Baumanagement und der Direktor des Botanischen Gartens, Prof. Dr. Christian Wirth und Janet Klinger, Mitarbeiterin im Botanischen Garten. Sie stehen im sanierten Victoriahaus und pflanzen gemeinsam eine Riesenseerose ein.

Spread across just three hectares, our university’s Botanical Garden boasts 4500 species of plant in 1800 genera. With 363 plant families in total, the collections represent over 65 per cent of all families known worldwide. The plant groups are arranged according to classification principles such as genetic relationships, native regions, chemical ingredient groups and morphological characteristics. The collections serve a variety of research and educational purposes in the fields of biology, pharmacy, biochemistry, and human and veterinary medicine.

The Botanical Garden was founded between 1542 and 1580 and together with Siena and Padua is even among the oldest in Europe. Its foundation dates back to a medicinal plant garden at the former Dominican monastery of St. Paul, at the site of what is now the Augustusplatz campus. The Botanical Garden was established at its current location on Linnéstraße in 1877. In recent years, the greenhouses have been refurbished and some of the open spaces redesigned.

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