Like many other places in St. Petersburg, a botanical garden was built by order of Peter I. A little more than a hundred years after construction, it was called “The Apothecary Garden” and, according to its name, it is mainly used for the growing of a variety of medicinal herbs.
In addition, in the garden there are crops of some very interesting foreign plants, that even Pedro I issued a decree ordering all employees of the Apothecary Garden to collect “exotic” plants and kurioznye.
Thanks to the effort of scientists, the garden grew at an astonishing rate, almost immediately after construction, its territory occupied almost 23 hectares, so it was an amazing story.
The island in which the Botanical Garden is, also called Aptekarsky, was later transferred to St. Petersburg in 1712, as the Apothecary. At that time, next to the garden was a heterodox cemetery so it was subject to constant vandalism. Next, near the Botanical Garden there was enough space for grazing.
A few years later, the instrumental hut was built in the island, which produces medical equipment, and Aptekarskaya solution soon appeared. The only people who worked in the doctor’s office were established, which were forbidden to leave the village.
In 1735 the address goes to the German botanical garden Sigizbeku, where he carried out various research for the training of future pharmacists of the time. However, Sigizbeka was shot very soon, and the garden was transformed into a developer of courtesy kitchen products. The cultivation of medicinal plants was partially halted, but there were always fresh fruits on the king’s table.
During World War II, the garden was constantly besieged and bombed by the Germans. It was then in 1941, when it was almost completely destroyed, but the most devoted botanists dedicated themselves to the care of the plants that lay there. Some of the branches of the plants survived the siege, so they are now tied with ribbons.
The Botanical Garden at the time of the Soviet era enjoyed a certain popularity among film workers. It was used for the decoration of the film “The Fascination of the Happiness Star” and “Eugene Onegin”.
For this reason, you are invited to come to this great place and to know the majesty of its history and beauty of its exotic and rare plants.