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A Summer Spectacle  – Discover the Perennial Border

A Summer Spectacle – Discover the Perennial Border

The Perennial Border is a seasonal must-see at Melbourne Gardens! Flowering throughout spring and summer, it boasts beautiful contrasting...

Picnic Perfection at Melbourne Gardens

Picnic Perfection at Melbourne Gardens

There's no better way to spend a lazy summer arvo than lounging in a comfy deck chair or lying on a picnic rug, surrounded by the sights,...

A Century in the Making: The Story of the Arid Garden

A Century in the Making: The Story of the Arid Garden

On your visit to the new Arid Garden at Melbourne Gardens, you'll discover a remarkable collection of arid plants. From towering columnar...

Expert tips to Help Keep your Cacti and Succulents Looking Sharp

Expert tips to Help Keep your Cacti and Succulents Looking Sharp

Be the best plant parent your cacti and succulents could ask for with these expert tips from Horticulturist Chris Jenek!

Illustrating Orchids: Meet Trace Balla

Illustrating Orchids: Meet Trace Balla

Trace Balla is an award-winning author and illustrator, known for her beautiful nature-journaling inspired children's books. She is the...

Orchid Conservation 101

Orchid Conservation 101

Australia is an orchid-rich country, with 95% of species found nowhere else in the world, and Victoria has arisen as an orchid hotspot,...

Life on the Line: The Rarest Orchids We’re Fighting to Save

Life on the Line: The Rarest Orchids We’re Fighting to Save

Though every orchid species that the Orchid Conservation Program works with is endangered, some are so rare that they're down to...

Unravelling the Hidden World of the Metallic Sun Orchid

Unravelling the Hidden World of the Metallic Sun Orchid

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's Orchid Conservation team, led by Dr Noushka Reiter working with colleagues from RMIT and ANU, discovered...

Secret Sanctuary: The Orchid Conservation Program Shade Houses at Cranbourne Gardens 

Secret Sanctuary: The Orchid Conservation Program Shade Houses at Cranbourne Gardens 

An abundant sea of colourful blooms, The Orchid Conservation Program's shade houses at Cranbourne Gardens are a secret sanctuary for...

Keep Your Cut Flowers In Tip-Top Shape

Keep Your Cut Flowers In Tip-Top Shape

Whether you've been sent a fragrant bunch of flowers as a lockdown pick-me-up, or you've decided to bring some vibrant spring blooms from...

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Science


Conservation

Conservation

Victoria's flora and fungi are under increasing threat from climate change, environmental weeds, agriculture, forest clearance 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 Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, 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 threatened plants (among the approximately 3,200 species recorded from the state) along with many others that are rare. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria plays a leading role in programs to conserve these endangered species in order to stabilise or increase populations in their natural habitat. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria 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 occurring 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 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.

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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 Victoria 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

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria 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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