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December in the Gardens

January in the Gardens

Welcome to 2018!

And welcome to another year of wonder, surprise and opportunity. 

One of our most exciting projects is the creation of a Nature & Science Precinct in Melbourne Gardens, completing a perfect triangle with the city’s Arts & Culture and Sports & Entertainment precincts.


This will include a new home for the State Botanical Collection, currently housed in the crumbling National Herbarium of Victoria. Above the vault protecting this ‘ark’ for Victoria’s flora, will be a Nature Learning Centre – not just a window into the botanical treasures, but a place where people can be inspired to care for each other and our precious planet.


I look forward to you joining me as we nourish these seeds of hope in 2018.

With best wishes,
Tim Entwisle
Director and Chief Executive

What's on


Botanica - A Village Among the Oak Trees

This free activity encourages families to work together to build a community with materials from the Gardens.
MELB 10-14

The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things

The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things

Part performance, part museum. Slow down, explore the Gardens and contribute to a mysterious collection of fantastical tiny things!

MELB 10-14 | CRAN 17-18

Arts Centre Melbourne

Arts Centre Melbourne presents: Emily Brown and The Thing

Emily Brown and her sidekick bunny Stanley adventure to Arts Centre Melbourne this summer.


Latest news


#StateoftheArk Herbarium Discovery Campaign

Our Herbarium Discovery Campaign is well underway! Follow the journey on social media or through the links on our website each Friday, as we delve behind the double doors of our National Herbarium of Victoria!


We will be revealing all her secrets, which date back hundreds of years! The answers to biosecurity, medicine, climate change and our future may be in her hands...


Cherry Ballart

Short Film: Partnership with Cherry Ballart

The Cherry Ballart Project supports and partners with schools from demographically disadvantaged areas. With thanks to Catholic Education Melbourne, a partnership began in Term 2 last year with Year 3 and 4 students from St Peter's Catholic Primary School and Melbourne Gardens.

Have a squiz at them connecting to nature and the Gardens through art and play here

If you are interested in applying for a partnership with us, please get in touch!

Support Us

Fern Gully Rest House
New Fern Gully Rest House - Thank you!

Completion for the new Fern Gully Rest House is expected for early January, perfect timing for visitors to come and enjoy a break from the hot sun!


With a new roof of hand-crafted shingles (pictured), new floor and a fresh coat of paint, this Rest House has been given a new lease on life, with thanks to our generous supporters. Visit the website to donate towards incredible projects like this one!

In bloom


Blooming Melbourne

The 'Heat Seekers' (Dahlia) are looking red-hot in the Perennial Border at Melbourne Gardens.


Blooming Cranbourne

Our gorgeous Grevillea ‘Bush Lemons’ are showing buttery yellow flowers in the Future Garden.



Boxing Day Sale in our Gardens shops (marked items only) until sold out! Happy New Year!

Visit Melbourne

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Maps, Parking and Directions

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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Maps, Parking and Directions

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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