The Recife Botanical Garden was established in August 1, 1979, through ordinance nº 11.341, signed by the then mayor Gustavo Krause.In March 1, 2012, advice of Botanical Gardens National Commission, attached to the Research Institute of the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Garden, published in the DOU, fits the Botanical Garden under category C. In July 24, 2015, the same commission informs that responding to reframing request, the Garden is, thereafter, category A.