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Science


Conservation

Conservation

Victoria's flora and fungi are under increasing threat from climate change, environmental weeds, agriculture and urbanisation. Climate change will especially impact on plants restricted to the coldest environments on mountain summits, which are likely to lose their only suitable habitat. At the Royal Botanic Gardens, studies of taxonomy, distribution, population genetics, propagation, translocation and seed banking all contribute to the conservation of Victoria’s and Australia's plants and fungi.

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Protecting our rare and threatened species

Protecting our rare and threatened species

In Victoria, there are nearly 700 native species of plants (of approximately 3,200) that are considered to be threatened and many others are rare. The RBG plays a lead role in programs to conserve these endangered species in order to stabilise or increase populations in their natural habitat. The RBG is particularly involved in the conservation of native terrestrial orchids. Victoria is a 'hotspot' for orchid diversity, with 23 per cent of Australia's orchid species in just 3 per cent of the land area. Most of the native orchid species found in Victoria are terrestrial, and at least a third occur nowhere else. 

Horticulture


Plant Collections

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 Melbourne and Cranbourne, our experienced horticulture teams manage 45 plant collections as well as a significant area of precious bushland at Cranbourne. All of our collections feature plant labels which show each plant's scientific name comprised of a genus and species.

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Home gardening

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 to find inspiration and great tips for using Australian native plants at home.

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Support


Help the Gardens grow

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. 

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Honour someone you love

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.  

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Shop


Shop at the Gardens

Shop at the Gardens

The Gardens Shop offers a unique opportunity to support the work of the Gardens and share your love of the Gardens with your friends and family. We stock a wide range of gardening, eco-living and horticulture inspired products that will delight gardeners of all ages. Proceeds from every purchase go towards supporting the Gardens in its mission to advance the knowledge and enjoyment of plants and to foster their conservation.   

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Supporting local artists

Supporting local artists

The Gardens Shop has teamed up with a group of talented botanical artists to create an exclusive range of products to support the Cranbourne Collection botanical art exhibition. This range of beautiful giftware featuring detail from the original artworks is Australian made and will be available for a limited time only. The Cranbourne Collection will be in store from 1 July. 

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Learn


Hands-on education

Hands-on education

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Melbourne and Cranbourne offers a rich learning environment for students of all ages and abilities.  Our Education Services team develops adaptive, strategic curriculum based programs to assist teachers and provide an enjoyable and valuable learning experience for students from kindergarten to university. Each education program is designed to support teachers in achieving the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and is delivered by a qualified teacher.

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What people say…

What people say…

'It is important that the children become aware of such a beautiful garden that provides a diverse range of opportunities to learn, relax, explore, etc.'

Grade 1

Yes - there was something for everyone ...ponding, feeling/smelling plants, creating pot pourri bags, listening to trees!'

Grade 2

'At the Botanic Gardens the children were able to see/touch and smell on a grand scale - GREAT!!'

Kindergarten

'The program has made a huge shift in the way my students view Indigenous Australians and it has changed some previous incorrect misconceptions'

Grade 5 and 6

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