Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Overview Parks & gardens Discover Melbourne’s abundant parks and leafy gardens. Take a break from the hectic pace of the city and enjoy floral displays, manicured lawns, ancient elms, cooling fountains and heritage architecture. Inner-city tranquility Stroll fine avenues of European trees lining the park and its edges in the Treasury Gardens adjacent to Old Treasury House. Visit the Scarred Tree, in Fitzroy Gardens, an ancient relic of the Wurundjeri people, the original inhabitants of Melbourne. Get a glimpse of Victoria’s colonial history at Cook’s Cottage, which was transported from the Yorkshire village where Captain James Cook was born. Walk along the banks of the Yarra and check out the indigenous rock carvings in the riverside park Birrarung Marr – birrarung meaning ‘river of mists’ and marr is ‘side’. Take a break from a day of shopping at the Queen Victoria Market and wind down on the lawns of Flagstaff Gardens established on the highest point of land in the city. The gardens hosted a signalling station that flagged the arrival of ships in the bay. Also known to early settlers as Burial Hill, the gardens were a pioneer burial site until the establishment of the Melbourne Cemetery in 1853. Gardens south of the river Make the most of a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, home to over 12,000 different species of plants and a sanctuary for native wildlife. Discover the beauty and diversity of the historic gardens at your own pace. Explore the Australian Rainforest Walk, picnic with friends by the Ornamental Lake, or spend the day in the National Herbarium and Old Melbourne Observatory. Home to Victoria’s Shrine of Remembrance, Kings Domain boasts lush parkland and sweeping lawns. Catch an evening show at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, an expansive outdoor amphitheatre. Join locals and visitors alike, wandering through impeccably maintained beds of annuals and roses at the Queen Victoria Gardens, or visit the giant floral clock on St Kilda Road, made up of some 7,000 flowers. See the city from a different angle from Alexandra Gardens, relax on the extensive lawns and watch the ferries chug by.
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Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Discover Melbourne’s abundant parks and leafy gardens. Take a break from the hectic pace of the city and enjoy floral displays, manicured lawns, ancient elms, cooling fountains and heritage architecture. Inner-city tranquility Stroll fine avenues of European trees lining the park and its edges in the Treasury Gardens adjacent to Old Treasury House. Visit the Scarred Tree, in Fitzroy Gardens, an ancient relic of the Wurundjeri people, the original inhabitants of Melbourne. Get a glimpse of Victoria’s colonial history at Cook’s Cottage, which was transported from the Yorkshire village where Captain James Cook was born. Walk along the banks of the Yarra and check out the indigenous rock carvings in the riverside park Birrarung Marr – birrarung meaning ‘river of mists’ and marr is ‘side’. Take a break from a day of shopping at the Queen Victoria Market and wind down on the lawns of Flagstaff Gardens established on the highest point of land in the city. The gardens hosted a signalling station that flagged the arrival of ships in the bay. Also known to early settlers as Burial Hill, the gardens were a pioneer burial site until the establishment of the Melbourne Cemetery in 1853. Gardens south of the river Make the most of a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, home to over 12,000 different species of plants and a sanctuary for native wildlife. Discover the beauty and diversity of the historic gardens at your own pace. Explore the Australian Rainforest Walk, picnic with friends by the Ornamental Lake, or spend the day in the National Herbarium and Old Melbourne Observatory. Home to Victoria’s Shrine of Remembrance, Kings Domain boasts lush parkland and sweeping lawns. Catch an evening show at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, an expansive outdoor amphitheatre. Join locals and visitors alike, wandering through impeccably maintained beds of annuals and roses at the Queen Victoria Gardens, or visit the giant floral clock on St Kilda Road, made up of some 7,000 flowers. See the city from a different angle from Alexandra Gardens, relax on the extensive lawns and watch the ferries chug by.
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Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Support Help the Gardens grow The Royal Botanic Gardens has a special place in the hearts and minds of all Victorians. The Gardens has played an important role in the cultural development of Melbourne and can continue to flourish with the help of passionate individuals. There are many ways to get involved with the Gardens and we value any level of support, whether you are a friend or a donor, a member of our Director’s Circle or one of our volunteers. There are also ways to honour those you love by dedicating a tree or a bench within the Garden of your choice. Support the gardens Become a friend The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Melbourne and Cranbourne play an active role in raising funds for the gardens through plant sales and programs. Join the Friends Donate It’s easy to help the Gardens. Any donation over $2 is tax deductible and every dollar helps contributes to the work of the Gardens. Donate now Shop Proceeds from every purchase from The Garden Shop goes towards supporting the conservation, education and research work of the Gardens. Visit the online shop Honour someone you love Many people share the Gardens with those they love and some visitors choose to mark a significant occasion by dedicating a tree or a bench to someone special. In the Gardens you’ll notice each bench has a dedication plaque featuring a favourite quote or the recognition of an anniversary, achievement or occasion. Learn more
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Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Horticulture Plant Collections Botanic gardens throughout the world play a significant role in helping scientists and the public understand the evolution and history of plants, their present day uses as well as what the future may hold for plants in natural environments. Across our two locations at Melbourne and Cranbourne, our experienced horticulture teams manage 45 plant collections as well as a significant area of precious bushland at Cranbourne Gardens. All of our collections feature plant labels which show each plant’s scientific name comprised of a genus and species. Learn more Sustainable Management Our horticultural and environmental research is focused on responding to future challenges such as water availability and changing climatic conditions and looking at how these may impact on plant and landscape conservation within the gardens. Learn more Environmental Management At both Cranbourne and Melbourne our land management teams focus on irrigation management, finding alternate water sources, water quality and biodiversity of the lakes system; reducing weeds, protecting plants against pests and diseases and managing soils. Learn more Water conservation We are constantly striving to improve irrigation efficiency, stormwater treatment, lake ecosystems and water quality in the lake system. Recently the Working Wetlands project was completed at Melbourne Gardens, reducing reliance on potable water by 40%. Learn more Home gardening How we garden in botanic gardens, how you garden at home and how we all garden as a community has big impacts on the biodiversity and sustainability of urban Australia. The Australian Garden at Cranbourne is designed to showcase how native plants can make a spectacular and waterwise home garden. There is an Australian plant suitable for virtually any situation in your garden, from tall trees to ground covers, aquatic plants to those growing in low light or in full sun. Australian plants attract native birds and butterflies, and brighten up your garden with wonderful seasonal colour. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to find inspiration and great tips for using Australian native plants at home. Visit Cranbourne
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Botanic Gardens Melbourne

The Royal Botanic Gardens are a picturesque haven for recreation and an important resource for education, conservation, science and horticulture.Established in 1846, the gardens extend over 36 hectares and display an amazingly diverse collection of over 50,000 plants from around the world, including rare and threatened species. Considered one of the finest examples of Victorian-era landscaped gardens in the world, the Royal Botanic Gardens hosts year-round events, picnics, weddings and tours.The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is one of the most popular features in the gardens, attracting over 150,000 young visitors each year. Kids can play in the ruin garden, meeting place, wetland area, bamboo forest, gorge, plant tunnel, rill and kitchen garden.Other highlights of the Royal Botanic Gardens include the National Herbarium, Tropical Hothouse, Plant Craft Cottage and the Guilfoyle’s Volcano water reservoir.The Royal Botanic Gardens are one of Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions, with over 1.5 million visitors each year. Visitor services and facilities include a visitor centre, guided walks, interpretive signs, two cafes and the Gardens Shop.The Garden Explorer is a relaxing way to discover this 38 hectare garden. Hop on and off to enjoy live commentary and absorb the stunning views as you wind your way around the Gardens.
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Botanic Gardens Melbourne

DescriptionThe Royal Botanic Gardens are a picturesque haven for recreation and an important resource for education, conservation, science and horticulture.Established in 1846, the gardens extend over 36 hectares and display an amazingly diverse collection of over 50,000 plants from around the world, including rare and threatened species. Considered one of the finest examples of Victorian-era landscaped gardens in the world, the Royal Botanic Gardens hosts year-round events, picnics, weddings and tours.The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is one of the most popular features in the gardens, attracting over 150,000 young visitors each year. Kids can play in the ruin garden, meeting place, wetland area, bamboo forest, gorge, plant tunnel, rill and kitchen garden.Other highlights of the Royal Botanic Gardens include the National Herbarium, Tropical Hothouse, Plant Craft Cottage and the Guilfoyle’s Volcano water reservoir.The Royal Botanic Gardens are one of Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions, with over 1.5 million visitors each year. Visitor services and facilities include a visitor centre, guided walks, interpretive signs, two cafes and the Gardens Shop.The Garden Explorer is a relaxing way to discover this 38 hectare garden. Hop on and off to enjoy live commentary and absorb the stunning views as you wind your way around the Gardens.

Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Botanic Gardens Melbourne