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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.
We collect millions of high-quality seeds from native plant species within Victoria for long-term storage, research and restoration programs.
Our scientists work to maintain biological diversity, including genetic variation, essential for functional ecosystems and the long-term viability of species.
Our research helps to identify, document and combat environmental weeds that pose a threat to native ecosystems and biodiversity.
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.
Our horticultural and environmental research is focused on responding to future challenges such as water availability and changing climatic conditions and looking at how these may impact on plant and landscape conservation within the gardens.
At both Cranbourne and Melbourne our land management teams focus on irrigation management, finding alternate water sources, water quality and biodiversity of the lakes system; reducing weeds, protecting plants against pests and diseases and managing soils.
We are constantly striving to improve irrigation efficiency, stormwater treatment, lake ecosystems and water quality in the lake system. Recently the Working Wetlands project was completed at Melbourne Gardens, reducing reliance on potable water by 40%.
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.
The Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens play an active role in raising funds for the gardens through plant sales and programs.
It’s easy to help the Gardens. Any donation over $2 is tax deductible and every dollar helps contributes to the work of the Gardens.
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.
We have just released an exciting new range of programs that encourages students from kindergarten to tertiary to explore the wonders of plants in a highly interactive environment.
Contact our education office to book an immersive experience for your students that will lead to the development of life-long, life-wide skills.
Each year we host an engaging Professional Development program for educators, featuring some of the world’s leading experts in nature-based education.
As part of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s planned response to slow the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the decision to postpone Lightscape, the upcoming after-dark experience at Melbourne Gardens until winter 2021.
Our decision to postpone the event is based on information and advice from government departments and health authorities.
We know and understand that this is a difficult time for everyone and the postponement of Lightscape will be a huge disappointment to many but the health and wellbeing of our staff and visitors is our utmost priority and is at the forefront of any decisions we make.
We will continue to work closely with our partner Sony Music Entertainment, producers, artists and stakeholders to bring you this unique immersive experience to Melbourne Gardens next year.
If you have purchased tickets to Lightscape, you will receive a full refund. There is no need to take any action. Please allow approximately 20 working days for your refund to appear in your account.
We hope to see you at Lightscape in 2021. Be one of the first to hear about new dates and when tickets go on sale by signing up to the Gardens eNews via the Lightscape website.
In the meantime, the Gardens remains open for visitors. Given the size of our gardens, there is plenty of open air and space to share. It is a sanctuary for engaging with nature to reduce stress and experience calm. While we encourage everyone to visit, we recommend ‘social distancing’ be practiced.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and we wish everyone good health and safety.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Sony Music Entertainment