The Empress Botanical Garden is amongst the most historic and botanically important gardens in the Pune region. It was initially a “Soldiers Garden”. The Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India has been managing the Empress Garden since 1892.

Stalwarts like Shri. Jaggannath Shankarsheth, Mr. David Sasoon, Dr. C.D. Deshmukh, noted industrialist Mr. S.L. Kirloskar have been an integral part of this Society.

Several socially and environmentally important activities are presently being conducted under the able guidance of the current President of the Society, Shri. Rahul Bajaj and the Vice President Shri Prataprao Pawar.

Also, noted horticultural expert Mr. Suresh Pingale, the Hon. Secretary and the renowned philanthropist Mrs. Suman Kirloskar, the Hon. Treasurer of the Society have contributed immensely in helping the Empress Garden reach its present splendor.