Before the Jevremovac botanical garden came to be, there was a smaller botanical garden in Dorcol, right next to the coast of Danube. It was founded after the suggestion of Josif Pancic in 1874 and by the decision of the Ministry of education and church affairs of the Kingdom of Serbia. Even before then, Pancic was growing a small garden in the courtyard of Licej of Belgrade for the needs of his lessons, where he taught botany for the need of science history. Because of the proximity of the river, after two great floods almost the entire botanical collection was ruined. Pancic searched for a better place for his garden, but sadly passed away in 1888, not getting to see the new garden in its new location.