The Botanical garden of the FTU was founded in 1827. It is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Russia and the object of historical and cultural heritage protected as a monument of landscape gardening of the XIX century. The Botanical garden has valuable collection of woody plants and shrubs created by efforts of many generations of scientists. The outstanding botanists such as R.I. Shreder, E.L. Volf, V.N. Sukachev, N.M. Andronov, and N.E. Bulygin worked here and left us collections of woody plants and valuable scientific publications. In the Botanical garden of the FTU they had tested more than 3,000 species and forms of plants on the open ground (at present it amounts more than 1,800 species and forms). There is a collection of woody plants from the Temperate Zone of Eurasia and North America. Among numerous woody plants we can see Amur cork tree, Manchurian walnut, sugar maple, red oak, bean tree, black locust, Emerson's thorn, white cedar, Balkan pine, Weymouth pine and other species and forms.
The total area of the park and arboretum is 65 hectares. Collection of greenhouse and subtropical plants amounts 800 species and forms, and collection of ornamental plants is about 600 species, forms and varieties.
At present, the Botanical garden serves for research, educational, and recreational purposes and is a centre of introduction of woody plants into practice of forestry and green construction. Rare and protected species are grown here as well.
The Botanical garden is a good training tool for studying biological disciplines such as botany, dendrology, floriculture, silviculture, ecology, physiology and anatomy of plants, entomology, phytopathology, biology of animals and birds, and others. The FTU students have an opportunity to learn more about diversity, ecology and developmental biology of woody plants of middle latitudes of the world, and to apply the obtained knowledge at their work, making recommendations on practical use of species in forestry and landscape gardening. Students of the University study diversity of cultivated herbaceous plants, and also of thermophytes growing in the University greenhouse.
Every year, in autumn and spring students of universities, colleges and schools, biologists, and foresters have excursions in arboretum, and in winter – in greenhouse.