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Subtle Charm: The Terracotta Spoon-Drains of Melbourne Gardens

Subtle Charm: The Terracotta Spoon-Drains of Melbourne Gardens

Some of the heritage gems dotted across Melbourne Gardens aren’t always obvious to passers-by. Entering the Fern Gully, it takes a keen...

All things grow: Unexpected art from nature meeting conflict

All things grow: Unexpected art from nature meeting conflict

Artists Charles Green, Lyndell Brown, Paul Gough and Jon Cattapan have harnessed their experiences as war artists to create remarkable...

In Search of Nature’s Treasure

In Search of Nature’s Treasure

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to join a scientific field expedition? The usually desk-bound Maraika van Wessem recently found out.

From England, to Toorak, and Finally Melbourne Gardens: The Well-Travelled Nareeb Gates

From England, to Toorak, and Finally Melbourne Gardens: The Well-Travelled Nareeb Gates

The intricate Nareeb Gates might have caught your eye while strolling through Melbourne Gardens D Gate entrance – highly decorated, they...

The Fascinating Origin of the Temple of the Winds

The Fascinating Origin of the Temple of the Winds

There are few celebratory items in the Gardens, other than commemorative trees, but one exception is the Temple of the Winds, designed and...

Captivating Carnivore: Introducing Nepenthes erucoides

Captivating Carnivore: Introducing Nepenthes erucoides

Meet Nepenthes erucoides, a newly discovered (and very hairy) Pitcher Plant species!

The Bizarre and Brilliant Rock Work of Charles Robinette

The Bizarre and Brilliant Rock Work of Charles Robinette

Melbourne Garden's charming Gate B rockery, built in the style of a grotto (small cave) around 1887 boasts a special claim to fame - it's...

Meet Ornamental Lake’s cutest new residents

Meet Ornamental Lake’s cutest new residents

Congratulations to proud parents Francis and Louise who are raising 6 beautiful cygnets on Ornamental Lake!

In Pursuit of Australia’s Murderous Flora

In Pursuit of Australia’s Murderous Flora

Did you know that the Australian continent is the single richest region of carnivorous plant diversity in the world?

What’s in a name? Talking Nomenclature of Fungi with Mycologist Tom May

What’s in a name? Talking Nomenclature of Fungi with Mycologist Tom May

The International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants is the law for naming all algae, fungi and plants

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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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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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Hands-on education

Hands-on education

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria 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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