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Grey Garden

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

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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.

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Eucalypts

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

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Cycad Collection

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

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Camellia Collection

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

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California Garden

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

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Australian Forest Walk

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

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Thank you

Thank you for your enquiry, one of our staff will contact you if required.

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Taxonomy

The origins of taxonomy The Swedish scientist, Carl (or Carolus) Linnaeus is generally regarded as the originator of the system on which...

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Identification Services

Plant Identification and Information Service The Identifications and Information Service is housed in the National Herbarium building, on...

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Library

Using the Library The Library is open to the public by appointment only and students are encouraged to exhaust all other resources before...

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National Herbarium of Victoria

State Botanical Collection at the National Herbarium The State Botanical Collection at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria comprises a...

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Herbarium and Resources

The more than 1.5 million dried plant and fungi collections housed in the National Herbarium of Victoria at the Royal Botanic Gardens...

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Online Databases

Australia's Virtual Herbarium (AVH) Australia's major state and territory herbaria house over six million plant, algae and fungi specimens....

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Scientific Publications

Scientists at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria publish journal articles, books and online resources in the areas of taxonomy, systematics,...

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Science and Conservation

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is a leading plant science organisation focussing on the streams of biodiversity and conservation...

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Garden Highlights

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

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Fauna

Cranbourne Gardens supports a diverse native animal population. The most commonly seen animals include the Southern Brown Bandicoot...

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Woodland Picnic Area

The Woodland Picnic Area is a fantastic bushland space for families and community groups. The Picnic Area is approx 400 metres from the car...

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Bushland

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Cranbourne Gardens contains one of Victoria’s most precious areas of native bushland and is home to an...

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Getting here

Directions to Cranbourne Gardens Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne, (off South Gippsland Highway). Melway Ref: 133 K10 Royal...

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Australian Garden

The Australian Garden is an inspiring and immersive display of Australian flora, landscapes, art and architecture. Set across 15 hectares,...

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School Partnership Program

School partnership programs generate opportunities for long term, ongoing learning experiences for schools. Participating students and...

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Copyright

© Royal Botanic Gardens Board Victoria 2015 Copyright in this website (including content and design) is owned by the Royal Botanic Gardens...

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Accessibility

Action Access Plan The Access Action Plan 2011-15 formalises our commitment to access and inclusion and provides an effective blueprint for...

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Disclaimer

This website This website is provided for general information only. The Royal Botanic Gardens Board Victoria makes no statements,...

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Contact Us

For information on services and programs provided by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria please contact each location directly. Melbourne...

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Privacy

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) is committed to protecting personal and sensitive information consistent with the principles set...

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Tertiary Melbourne

The National Herbarium of Victoria and Melbourne Gardens have a history of nearly 160 years of providing education, recreational and...

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Secondary Melbourne

The following programs are designed to incorporate the Victorian Curriculum. They provide an effective and integrated approach for teaching...

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Early Childhood Melbourne

The Early Childhood Program is an enjoyable and safe first excursion for four year olds. Each program is led by a Royal Botanic Gardens...

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Teacher Resources

This page contains downloadable resources for teachers to use in the classroom and onsite at the Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens. General...

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Research

The development and conservation of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne relies on a sound scientific understanding of this dynamic living...

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Plan your Excursion

An excursion to the Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens is an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to further their understanding of...

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Sustainable Management

Environmental Stewardship Policy Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is committed to making environmental sustainability a priority in all of...

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Primary Melbourne

Immerse your class in the magical world of a garden where experience-based learning creates connections through gardening, play, the...

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Select a Program

Royal Botanic Gardens education experiences are led by experienced educators. They provide face-to-face engagement through stories and...

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Water

Water Conservation Royal Botanic Gardens is a recognised leader in water conservation for large landscapes. Since 1994, we’ve reduced...

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Fauna

Melbourne Gardens is home to a range of native and exotic fauna. The lake system provides habitat for eels and other aquatic species; the...

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Garden Highlights

Guilfoyle's Volcano Guilfoyle’s Volcano was built in 1876 and was used to store water for the botanic gardens. After lying idle for 60...

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Plant Collections

Melbourne’s temperate climate and northerly aspect have allowed an immense range of plants to be brought together at Melbourne Gardens....

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Children’s Garden

There’s lots of fun places to explore including the Ruin Garden, the Meeting Place (which has a water feature that sprays up out of the...

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Getting here

Directions to Melbourne Gardens Located at Birdwood Avenue, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Melbourne Gardens is approximately two...

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Melbourne Observatory

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Melbourne Gardens manages the site of the Melbourne Observatory and works closely with the Astronomical...

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Act and Regulations

Royal Botanic Gardens Act 1991 The Royal Botanic Gardens Act 1991 establishes the statutory authority which is the Royal Botanic Gardens...

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Media Centre

Media Releases All Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria media releases can be accessed via the Media Releases page. Visit our Latest News page...

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Job Opportunities

Current Opportunities All vacancies at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are advertised on the Victorian Government Jobs website. If there are...

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Our Organisation

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is dedicated to the conservation, display and enjoyment of plants and extends over two locations,...

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Publications

Corporate and Financial Publications Corporate Plan 2014–2019 (PDF - 1.8 MB) Landscape Succession Strategy for Melbourne Gardens (PDF -...

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Our Story

Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens was established in 1846 by Lieutenant Governor Charles La Trobe. Over the next 60 years this swampy site was...

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Cranbourne Friends

The Cranbourne Friends are a vibrant group of more than 600 members who share a love of Australian plants and nature, and support Royal...

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Maud Gibson Trust

Since then the Trust has provided important financial assistance, and been an influential advocate, for the horticultural, scientific and...

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Melbourne Friends

The Melbourne Friends provide support for Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria by offering the services of dedicated volunteers and providing...

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Our Supporters

The Royal Botanic Gardens is grateful to our generous donors, past and present. We thank all the individuals, community groups, trusts,...

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Director’s Circle

Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, invites you to participate in his Director's...

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Get involved

Director's Circle Director's Circle donors are encouraged to become involved in future plans and developments at Royal Botanic Gardens...

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Functions and Venues

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Melbourne and Cranbourne are great places for functions, including wedding ceremonies and other special...

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Learn

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's education service utilises the rich natural and cultural resources of Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens to...

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Plants & Landscapes

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is the custodian of lands, landscapes and living plant collections, renowned for both their visual...

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About Us

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria plays a leading role in the conservation of plants through biodiversity research, programs to protect rare...

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Support

You can support the conservation and development of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria for future generations by donating or volunteering...

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