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For the Young Ones

From nature journalling to growing plants, and a special look at the endangered critters of Cranbourne Gardens, we've got plenty to keep little ones entertained.

 
Carbon Futures: Trees to the Rescue!
Meet Jason from our Learning team and together discover some of the precious trees at Melbourne Gardens. Uncover the role carbon plays in climate change and how plants use it to help them grow.
Let’s Draw a Southern Brown Bandicoot
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Let’s Draw a Southern Brown Bandicoot

It's easy to draw the cutest endangered resident of Cranbourne Gardens, the Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus)! Learn how with Southern Brown Bandicoot Outreach Officer, Charlotte Fletcher.

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Nature Journalling for Little Ones with Trace Balla

Nature Journalling for Little Ones with Trace Balla

Unfurl your creativity and craft your own nature journal with award-winning author and illustrator, Trace Balla.

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Jump on the Bandi-Wagon: Meet the Southern Brown Bandicoot

Jump on the Bandi-Wagon: Meet the Southern Brown Bandicoot

Discover one of the wonderful native species that calls Cranbourne Gardens home – the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot – and learn how you can help to protect it.

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Getting to Know Your Nosey Neighbours

Getting to Know Your Nosey Neighbours

Endangered Southern Brown Bandicoots are often seen scurrying between grasses at Cranbourne Gardens. Discover how to make your home a haven for these cute little critters.

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Discover the Wonders of the Kitchen Garden

Discover the Wonders of the Kitchen Garden

Explore the organic Kitchen Garden at Melbourne Gardens with Ella from the Learning team, and uncover how plants grow, how to save water and meet beneficial creepy-crawlies.

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Carbon Futures: Trees to the Rescue!
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Carbon Futures: Trees to the Rescue!

Meet Jason from our Learning team and together discover some of the precious trees at Melbourne Gardens. Uncover the role carbon plays in climate change and how plants use it to help them grow.

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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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