The Garden was created in 1933 and initially called the Fernand De Boeck Park, after the then-commissioner of the Moyen-Congo district. Located in downtown Kinshasa, the botanical garden, along with the zoo, is the only public ‘green lung’ in the heart of the capital. It covers 7 hectares and has 100 different tree species at present.
After years of neglect, the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, and Tourism closed the garden to allow its rehabilitation as a botanical garden. These efforts were made possible by the support of the French government and the participation of other institutions and associations: the European Union, the IUCN, the National Botanic Garden of Belgium, and the NGO Les Amis de la nature et des jardins.
The garden is now Kinshasa's focal point for environmental awareness efforts and a showcase for nature conservation efforts in the DRC's parks and reserves.