About us

University Duisburg-Essen Botanical Garden

Welcome to the Botanical Garden of the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE)!



A small garden of plants was established on the Duisburg campus in 1790s by Johann Gottlob Leidenfrost (1715-1794), Professor of medicine. The Botanical Garden of the University of Essen was formally established in the early 1980s by Prof. Dr. Guido Benno Feige, founding Professor of General Botany.

Today the Botanical Garden of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), created in 2003 by the merger of the universities of Duisburg and Essen, cultivates approximately 3.500 species in an outdoor area and greenhouse complex.

Botanical Garden Who We Are

The Botanical Garden is a non-profit research and teaching garden for the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), having a notably diverse plant collection including many rare and endangered plants.


To develop and maintain a diverse living collection of plants to support teaching and research in plant biology, further to promote public understanding and appreciation of plants and the natural environment.