Mission:'To protect and
enrich the flora of the Lake Baikal area and the world for people through public education,
collection, propagation, research, and conservation of plants'.
The Botanic Garden of the Irkutsk State University (BGISU) occupies 27 hectares within
Irkutsk city, 70 kilometers west of Lake Baikal. The BGISU is the only botanical garden in
Irkutsk region and in the Baikalian Siberia included in International Directory of
Botanical Gardens. It is categorized by law as a strictly protected natural territory
within the capital of Irkutsk Oblast. As a living museum the BGISU serves as an
educational tool for students and general public.
The BGISU is organized into the following sections: Educational Programs. Outdoors
display collections and educational greenhouses with over 600 species of ornamental and
tropical plants. Maintains over 300 herbaceous species and consists of herbarium, seed
bank, and three living collections: systematicum, medicinal herbs, and rare and endangered
plants of Central Siberia.
Dendrology (Arboretum). Maintains about 300 species of trees and schrubs from Central
Siberia and Russian Far East.
Biotechnology of Plant Propagation. Maintains over 200 species and varieties of
fruiting plants for large-scale propagation and sales for public and siberian gardeners.
the BGISU is involved in: Public Education (Training courses;
Consulting; Guided excursions; Baikal eco-tours and expeditions,
horticultural therapy). Horticultural Innovations
(Evaluation and Introduction of new species and varieties; Biotechnology of large-scale
clonal propagation and multiplication of valuable plants; Nursery establishment; Plant
Sales; International Seed exchange;
using of horticultural therapy for social adaptation and rehabilitation; etc). Nature Resource Management
(Plant Gene Banking project for biodiversity conservation (ex situ); Restoration of
damaged populations; Computerized Data Base and Information System of plant genetic
resources in Baikalian Siberia; Green Irkutsk project).
Since it is primarily an educational arm of the university, BGISU is not generally open
to the public (though guided tours are available.) To help us increase our public role, we
have established cooperative arrangements with the environmental NGO
"Baikal Ecological Network (Baikal-EcoNet)"
, the Chicago Botanic Garden ( CBG),
Illinois, REAP International, Iowa, ( REAP), Betchart Expeditions Inc. of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Royal Botanic Gardens
Kew, UK (RBGKew).
International Dendrology Society. We hope to make other, mutually beneficial contacts with institutions and individuals
interested in helping to establish a first-rate Botanic Garden for the environmentally
unique Lake Baikal area -- a 'World Heritage Site'.