Plant Collections

Research Garden

The eastern section of the Cultivar Garden has research plots that are be used by Royal Botanic Gardens’ horticulturalists and students. The research in this area highlights the role of botanic gardens in horticultural research and how this impacts on which plants we grow in our home gardens.

The research activities of Botanic Gardens are often unseen by our visitors – the aim of this garden is to provide a ‘window’ into the role botanic gardens play in researching and better understanding our magnificent flora.


Best Viewed

  • Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn

Key Plants

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is partnering with the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, University of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne in the Woody Meadow Research Project.

The aim of the Woody Meadow project is to explore the potential for using resprouting native shrubs and trees to create resilient, long flowering, urban plant communities.

Coppicing trials; a technique of harshly cutting back a plant close to the ground and then allowing the plant to naturally resprout, are being conducted at across two sites at University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus and Cranbourne Gardens.

Forty-eight species have been selected for the Woody Meadow trials including Alyogyne huegelii, Calothamnus quadrifidus, Eucalyptus caesia, Veronica perfoliata, Goodenia ovata 'Gold Cover'.

In conjunction with this research is another funded by the Trawalla Foundation, a grant negotiated by Dr Audrey Gerber, University of Sheffield. The City of Melbourne is proposing woody meadow trials to begin later this year in Birrarung Marr and Royal Park Golf Course.

Future research projects for the Research Garden will include a wild indigenous seed collection and Kangaroo Paw collection.

Curator Notes


See interviews with our knowledgeable curators!
The Woody Meadow - Part 1 (YouTube 1:58)
The Woody Meadow - Part 2 (YouTube 2:10)