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Relish the beauty and diversity that the glorious plants and landscapes at Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens have to offer, and pick up some gardening tips. 

Explore Cranbourne Gardens
Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the Ironbark Garden to the Stringybark Garden, taking in the sights of busy bees, eucalypts and other beautiful native flora along the way.

Explore the Weird and Wonderful Garden at Cranbourne Gardens
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Explore the Weird and Wonderful Garden at Cranbourne Gardens

Experience eye-catching landscapes, glorious vistas and some of the stranger and more dramatic forms of Australian flora on this virtual stroll from Casuarina Grove to the Weird and Wonderful Garden at Cranbourne Gardens.

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While Visitors are Away, the Animals Play at Cranbourne Gardens
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While Visitors are Away, the Animals Play at Cranbourne Gardens

While the Gardens are temporarily closed, the cute critters of Cranbourne Gardens are enjoying some peace and quiet and travelling further afield than usual! From Echidnas to Cockatoos, there's a buzz of activity behind the scenes.

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Build your own Terrarium
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Build your own Terrarium

Terrariums are a low maintenance and eye-catching way to bring a little slice of nature indoors which will beautify and green-ify any space. Easy to create, this simple guide will help you get started building a terrarium of your own to enjoy!

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Eucalypts 101: Backyard Heroes

Eucalypts 101: Backyard Heroes

Uncover why Eucalypts are an essential backyard hero with John Arnott, a horticultural expert from Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

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Eucalypts 101: Caring for your Eucalypts

Eucalypts 101: Caring for your Eucalypts

Discover how the Horticulture team care for the Eucalypts of Cranbourne Gardens, and pick up tips for your home garden!

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Eucalypts 101: Great Gums to Grow

Eucalypts 101: Great Gums to Grow

Discover our Horticulture teams' top 40 recommendations for smaller eucalypt species suitable to grow at home.

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Eucalypts 101: Backyard Habitat

Eucalypts 101: Backyard Habitat

Uncover how growing a eucalypt in your own backyard can help support and protect native wildlife in your area.

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Eucalypts 101 Mallee Magic

Eucalypts 101 Mallee Magic

A Horticulture team member and Garden Ambassador Volunteer chat about their passion for growing Mallee Eucalypts.

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Eucalypts 101:  Conservation in Cultivation

Eucalypts 101:  Conservation in Cultivation

Meet Senior Conservation Botanist Neville Walsh as he chats about the benefits of growing rare eucalypts at home.

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Eucalypts 101: Planting Guide

Eucalypts 101: Planting Guide

Join our Horticulturist Charlie Firth as he shows you the best methods for planting Eucalypts in your home garden.

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Eucalypts 101: Selecting your Plants

Eucalypts 101: Selecting your Plants

Pick up some expert tips and tricks to use when selecting and purchasing Eucalypts from a nursery.

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Succulent Selection
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Succulent Selection

Peek behind the closed gates at Melbourne Gardens to see the Arid Garden redevelopment in full swing.

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Download a Virtual Background

Download a Virtual Background

Bring nature into to your next meeting or video call with family and friends with a free background featuring some of the Gardens' most beautiful landscapes and plants.

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Houseplant 101: Top Five Plant Parenting Tips

Houseplant 101: Top Five Plant Parenting Tips

Fluctuations in temperature and other conditions can negatively impact your houseplants in unexpected ways, so here are our top five tips to be the best plant parent to your little pots of nature.

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Stroll through the Iconic Red Sand Garden at Cranbourne Gardens

Stroll through the Iconic Red Sand Garden at Cranbourne Gardens

Take in the stunning sights of the vast and vibrant Red Sand Garden, and celebrate the beauty of Australian landscapes and native plants.

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Meander to the Stringybark Garden

Meander to the Stringybark Garden

Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the Ironbark Garden to the Stringybark Garden, taking in the sights of busy bees, eucalypts and other beautiful native flora along the way.

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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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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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