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The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria employs more than 240 people, many of whom are experts in their fields. The scientists and horticultural...

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School Visits

An excursion to Melbourne Gardens offers an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to further their understanding of environmental...

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Attractions

The picturesque setting of Melbourne Gardens extends over 38 hectares and displays more than 50,000 plants. Diverse plant collections,...

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School Visits

An excursion to the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Cranbourne Gardens offers an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to...

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Attractions

Immerse yourself in one of Victoria’s most precious areas of native bushland and be inspired by the stunning Australian Garden. This...

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Lifestyle Garden

This garden creates a memorable demonstration of the opportunities that bringing the garden experience into the house can create.

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Seaside Garden

The Seaside Garden illustrates the beauty and preciousness of our coastline and how to garden within this environment.

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Weird and Wonderful Garden

In the heart of the Australian Garden, this mysterious garden focuses on some of the stranger forms of Australian flora.

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Eucalypt Walk

The Eucalypt Walk celebrates the diversity in form, foliage, bark, smells and sounds that make up the diverse Eucalypts and related genera.

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The Gondwana Garden

Visitors arriving at the Gondwana Garden, will discover a lush and immersive landscape representing Australia’s ancient Gondwanan...

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Melaleuca Spits

Strongly reminiscent of Australia’s coastal regions, this evocative feature of the Australian Garden landscape is highly visible from...

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The Arbour Garden

Australian climbing plants and standards fill this display garden with a large number of plants for use in the home garden.

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Howson Hill

Howson Hill emerges from a tranquil waterway north of the River Walk and is capped with existing rare and endangered Mallee Eucalypts.

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Research Garden

The research in this area will highlight the role of botanic gardens in horticultural research and how this impacts on which plants we grow...

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Cultivar Garden

Dynamic displays are on show here, utilising selections of some of the most visually spectacular Australian plants.

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Kids’ Backyard Garden

This is a space for children’s imagination and exploration using organic materials, especially red-gum timbers.

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Future garden

The Future Garden is an exploration of the reality and dilemmas posed by the artificial manipulation of plants to achieve particular...

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Water Saving Garden

The Water Saving Garden conveys the significance of water and its relationship to plant selection and suitability.

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Diversity garden

The Diversity Garden is an abstract journey through the 85 bio-regions of Australia.

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Arid Garden

Trees appear for the first time in this garden, used sparingly, yet accurately representing the whole continent.

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Dry River Bed

The design of the Dry River Bed relates to the ephemeral nature of water within the Australian landscape and the power of water to shape...

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Rockpool Waterway

The Rockpool Waterway is framed by the Australian tree Angophora costata (Smooth-barked Apple), rising over Dwarf Lilly Pillies and Guinea...

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Red Sand Garden

The journey through the Australian Garden starts with the Sand Garden where the expanse of red sand contrasts with grey foliage.

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Ironbark Garden

The characteristic blackened trunks are the feature of this garden, juxtaposing the grey tones of the foliage of the shrub understory.

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Media Releases

2018 29 Mar - Botanica offers city kids a free bush play adventure 22 Mar - FREEZE! The heart-stopping performance that defies gravity 2017...

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Rita Macheda

Rita is responsible for databasing the foreign (ex-Australian) Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's (MEL) specimen collection held at the...

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Jeffrey Jeanes

Jeff is an Honorary Associate focusing mainly on indigenous and naturalised vascular plants of Victoria. His research interests include the...

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Collin Ahrens

Collin earned his PhD in 2011 while studying at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. There, he used mathematical models, genetic analysis...

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Wayne Gebert

Wayne Gebert is responsible for curating the vascular plant families at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (MEL). His work involves databasing...

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Helen Barnes

Helen is responsible for the curation of the vascular component of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's (MEL) collection. Her work includes...

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Elizabeth James

Conservation and ecological genetics of threatened species Reproductive biology of clonal plants, particularly polyploidy species Influence...

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Nimal Karunajeewa

Nimal Karunajeewa is responsible for curating the cryptogamic groups (bryophytes, fungi, lichens and algae) at Royal Botanic Gardens...

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Sally Stewart

Sally manages the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Library, which is located on the top floor of the National Herbarium of Victoria building....

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Pina Milne

Pina is responsible for ensuring that the highest standards of curatorial practice are employed at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (MEL)....

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Growing Friends Cranbourne

The Growing Friends propagate a great variety Australian native plants from cuttings, divisions and seed, throughout the year. Many of...

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Global Gardens of Peace

Two of the Gardens’ best - Andrew Laidlaw and Peter Symes have put their hands up to help with an exciting project lead by humanitarian...

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Catherine Gallagher

Catherine oversees the curation officer team at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (MEL). The curation team is responsible for maintaining the...

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Tom May

Tom May has research interests in the taxonomy, ecology and conservation of larger fungi, and in related historical, bibliographic and...

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Frank Udovicic

Frank's interests centre around the phylogenetic systematics of Australian plants, in particular members of the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae),...

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Muelleria

Online access From volume 33 onwards, papers in Muelleria will be published online if they are ready for publication prior to the...

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The Board

The Board has seven members, appointed by the Governor-in-Council. Royal Botanic Gardens Board Victoria Members Mr Kenneth Harrison AM,...

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Roger Spencer

Roger's primary role is to oversee the taxonomy of cultivated plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, which entails curating the...

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Rob Cross

Rob Cross is Horticultural Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Rob works on the development of sustainable practices in...

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David Cantrill

Research interests The history of Antarctic vegetation and, in particular, the role that Antarctica has played in developing present day...

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Volunteering

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has a large number of volunteers who donate their time, skills, expertise and energy to the organisation....

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Plant Collections

Botanic gardens hold collections of plants for scientific, educative, conservation and aesthetic purposes. They play a role helping...

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Biosecurity

Plant biosecurity guards against the risks of new outbreaks of pests, diseases and weeds at the Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens....

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The Home Garden

The Home Garden seeks to emphasize the design possibilities of Australian plants while taking the visitor on a journey through Australian...

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Executive Team

Director and Chief Executive (2013) Professor Timothy J Entwisle PhD, BSc (Hons) Leads and promotes Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to...

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Foreign Fabaceae Project

Project summary The aim of the Foreign Fabaceae Project was to curate and database all specimens in the legume family Fabaceae held at the...

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Catalogue of Australian Fungi

Project summary The Interactive Catalogue of Australian Fungi (ICAF) provides the currently accepted name of species of fungi described or...

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Systematics of Acacia

Project summary Our aim is to discover the phylogenetic relationships within the Australian Acacia clade in order to produce a predictive,...

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Victorian Conservation Seedbank

The Victorian Conservation Seedbank (VCS) is situated in the National Herbarium of Victoria at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (MEL). It is...

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Collections

The Collections of the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL) hold a rich resource of more than one million dried plant and fungi specimens,...

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Conservation genetics

Conservation genetics uses the principles of population genetics and conservation biology to provide tools to manage the long-term...

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Biogeography and phylogeography

Biogeography Biogeography is the study of the patterns and causes of the distribution of living things. There are a range of approaches to...

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DNA barcoding

DNA sequencing identification methods are often referred to collectively as “DNA barcoding”, and use one or several short DNA sequences...

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Systematics

Myrtaceae – gum trees, bloodwoods and relatives Myrtaceae (the myrtle family) is a primarily Southern Hemisphere family that forms a...

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Mycology

Mycology is the study of fungi. The fungi are one of the kingdoms of the natural world. Fungi include macrofungi such as mushrooms, corals,...

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Taxonomy of Thelymitra

Project summary The orchid genus Thelymitra currently consists of about 130 species. The genus occurs predominantly in Australia, where...

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Systematics of Corymbia

Project summary The genus Corymbia was erected in 1995 by Ken Hill and Lawrie Johnson (Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney) to encompass 113...

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Identifications charges

Charges The following charges apply for plant identifications provided by the Identifications Botanists at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria....

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Preparing herbarium specimens

A herbarium specimen is a pressed and/or dried sample of a plant or fungus that can be stored for future reference. The National Herbarium...

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Herbarium Discovery Walk

Opened in August 2010, the Herbarium Discovery Walk is a self-guided walk that showcases the vital work of scientists at Royal Botanic...

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Lichen collections

There are approximately 1.5 million botanical specimens from around the world housed at the National Herbarium of Victoria at Royal Botanic...

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