Plant Collections

Melbourne’s temperate climate and northerly aspect have allowed an immense range of plants to be brought together at the Gardens. Plants are displayed in major groupings or Collections. There are 26 plant collections on display, ranging from large trees to colourful perennials.

Botanic gardens hold collections of plants for scientific, educative, conservation and aesthetic purposes. They play a role in helping scientists and the public understand the history, present day uses and what the future may hold for plants in natural environments. Internationally, botanic gardens are living museums that hold individual specimens or collections of plants for scientific, educative, conservation and aesthetic purposes.

Our Living Plant Collections Plan provides the direction for the future development of our plant collections.

Araucariaceae

Araucariaceae

To display a broad representation of the family Araucariaceae and to conserve rare and threatened Araucariaceae.

Arid Garden

Arid Garden

The Arid Garden displays an extraordinary assortment of cacti, aloes, agaves and bromeliads.

Australian Forest Walk

Australian Forest Walk

The Australian Forest Walk focuses on displaying a range of Australian forest species from impressive forest giants to middle- and...

California Garden

California Garden

Sharing a similar climate with Victoria, the California collection demonstrates the diverse flora of California and the potential for...

Camellia Collection

Camellia Collection

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne’s world-acclaimed Camellia Collection is at its breathtaking best in winter. These are evergreen plants,...

Cycad Collection

Cycad Collection

Living fossils, ancient survivors from the age of dinosaurs, at home in a modern landscape.

Eucalypts

Eucalypts

Corymbia and Eucalypts are closely related evergreen trees, many of which are native to Australia. Corymbia were previously categorized as...

Fern Gully

Fern Gully

The Fern Gully demonstrates a range of fern species typical of cool forests of Australasia that will grow well in Melbourne's climate.

Gardens House

Gardens House

A garden within a garden, the Garden House display garden is an enclosed area surrounding historic Gardens House.

Grey Garden

Grey Garden

An ornamental collection of silver, grey and blue leaved plants thriving in a site exposed to extremes of heat and wind.

Guilfoyle’s Volcano Collection

Guilfoyle’s Volcano Collection

Guilfoyle’s Volcano was built in 1876 and was used to store water for Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. After lying idle for 60 years, it...

Herb Garden

Herb Garden

A unique collection of plants useful to people: for flavoring food, as medicines, for fragrance, dyeing fabric, fibre plants, spiritual...

Lake System Wetlands

Lake System Wetlands

This area includes the following locations: Nymphaea Lily, Central and Ornamental Lakes, Fern Gully Creek, reservoir in Guilfoyle’s...

Lower Yarra River Habitat

Lower Yarra River Habitat

An ecological collection to display and conserve Indigenous plants from five plant communities found locally in the lower Yarra region.

New Zealand Collection

New Zealand Collection

An historic collection of New Zealand native plants presented in a picturesque landscape.

Oak Collection

Oak Collection

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne features a variety of oaks from around the world. With over 40 species on display and specimens over...

Palms

Palms

There are many different species of Palm in the Arecaceae family. All are easily recognised as palms by their unique foliage. Foliage is...

Perennial Border

Perennial Border

The Perennial Border is an ornamental collection, which uses a variety of plant material for a display of colour and texture.

Southern Africa Collection

Southern Africa Collection

The Southern Africa Collection contains a sample of a variety of plants. Southern Africa has a climate not dissimilar to Victoria’s,...

Southern China Collection

Southern China Collection

Meander along the winding path to see the many wild collected some weird some wonderful rare and common plants from South China.

Species Rose Collection

Species Rose Collection

Lovers of the world's most popular flower, the rose, are delighted by the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne collection of 'species' and old...

Terrestrial Orchids

Terrestrial Orchids

This Collection is not available for public viewing. Plants in family Orchidaceae include some of the most beautiful and amazing plants on...

Tropical Glasshouse

Tropical Glasshouse

The Tropical Glasshouse showcases plants from tropical regions around the globe, and displays some of the most important and spectacular...

Viburnum Collection

Viburnum Collection

This is an ornamental collection of deciduous and evergreen shrubs from the Northern Hemisphere, grown for their spring flowers and overall...

Water Conservation Garden

Water Conservation Garden

An attractive display of Australian and exotic plants with low water requirements for use in the home garden.