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November in the Gardens

Festival season is upon us, even here at the Gardens. In a few weeks, the soothing sounds of Paul Kelly, Illy and Missy Higgins will be played live at A WEEKEND in the Gardens, along with a barrage of other talented and wonderful Australian musicians. October saw the Botanic and Rare Plant Fair go off without a hitch - even the weather mostly behaved! We held a special competition for visitors to guess "how many seeds were in the jar". In the Herbarium, our scientists pick these 'seeds' and have a special scientific way of counting them, after which they can study them. Our particular jar had 2,229 seeds - so congratulations to Mark who guessed best at 2,222!  

What's on

AWEEKEND in the Gardens

Special Event

A WEEKEND in the Gardens

Tickets are still available for Illy and Missy Higgins, don't miss out on this awesome spring event!
Sat 18, Sun 19 MELB more

Herb Garden Statue


Discover the Herb Garden

Discover the 130 year history of our Herb Garden and the uses of its highly fragrant flowers and leaves. 
Sat 18 MELB more

Container Gardens


Secrets of great container gardens

Everything you need to know about growing native plants in pots, adding elements to your home garden.
Sun 19 CRAN more


Latest news

Dwarf Spider-orchid

Dwarf Spider-orchid Back From The Brink

Staff and volunteers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) have secured an off-site conservation population of the Dwarf Spider-orchid (Caladenia pumila). Eight years ago, two Dwarf Spider-orchid plants were rediscovered near Geelong and the team has been working ever since to propagate and reintroduce the plant. With expert support from the Gardens and its volunteers, the species appears to be on the return, with plants successfully grown and the emergence of the very first flower bud. Great work team! Image by Neil Anderton. more


Governor's Visit

Governor of Victoria Visits Cranbourne Gardens

Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC recently visited Cranbourne Gardens. The Governor was joined by Garden's employees for the visit and learned about our new Vision and Master Plan. We were delighted and extremely excited to share these plans for the future of the Gardens! With major upcoming projects and remarkable new ideas being built at the Gardens, there was lots to discuss and there is a bright future ahead. Have you been to Cranbourne Gardens? There's never been a better time to visit! more

Support Us

Fern Gully Rest House
Fern Gully Gets A New House

As part of the Fern Gully Project, restoration works are being undertaken to restore the circa 1876 Fern Gully Rest House to its former glory. An exciting discovery was made during recent works when the original roof of the Rest House was uncovered along with signatures of the original builders hidden in the panelling! Completion is expected sometime in the new year, with a replacement of the roof and rotten timbers, a new floor and a fresh coat of paint. The ground level will be lowered on the backside of the building to prevent future damage to the restored Rest House. Visit the website to Donate Now to incredible projects like this. more

In bloom

Erythrina acanthocarpa

Blooming Melbourne

A beautiful South African plant currently colouring up the Gardens is Erythrina acanthocarpa, commonly known as the Tambookie Thorn. 

Carpobrotus glaucensens

Blooming Cranbourne

Sunny days encourage one of our native pig-faces, Carpobrotus glaucesens, to open its large colourful flowers.

Grande Floris

Shop Competition

Spend $60 on the new Grande Floris range and go into the draw to win a 6 piece setting! Created with Maxwell & Williams.

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Birdwood Avenue
Melbourne Victoria 3004


Daily, 7.30am to sunset

Visitor Centre

Weekdays 9am – 5pm
Weekends and public holidays 9.30am – 5pm
Closed: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Visit Cranbourne

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Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive Cranbourne Victoria 3977


Daily, 9am – 5pm
Closed: Christmas Day

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria extends over two locations, Melbourne and Cranbourne. We believe that life is sustained and enriched by plants and our goal is to advance the understanding and appreciation of plants.

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