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February in the Gardens

February heralds the extraordinary bushland flowering season, particularly at our Cranbourne Gardens. Stroll through the bushland at Cranbourne Gardens and take in the sight of native bees buzzing around the copious flowers on the Mealy Stringybark (Eucalyptus cephalcorpa). Make sure you take a few deep breaths and relish the rich nectar aroma.

February also gives you the chance to “tinkle the ivories” at both Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens on pianos that have popped up as part of Arts Centre Melbourne's Play Me, I'm Yours.

What's on



Discover the world of insects as we explore the Gardens, searching for creepy crawlies. Have fun building an insect hotel and take it home!

MELB 10 & 17

The Gardens and Climate Change

The Gardens and Climate Change

Learn about Melbourne Gardens’ Landscape Succession Strategy. Presented by Chris Cole, Executive Director of Melbourne Gardens.


Moonlight Cinema

Moonlight Cinema

For the perfect night under the stars! Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and visit Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema.

MELB until 1 APRIL


Latest news

Doris Sinkora

Vale Doris Sinkora

We say farewell to Doris Martha Sinkora, a long-serving herbarium curator at the National Herbarium of Victoria. 


Doris was an expert in collecting and curating algae (seaweeds) and was part of an international team of scholars researching the life and letters of Australia's greatest colonial scientist, Baron Ferdinand von Mueller.

Read her full obituary here.



Milestone Discovery - our 25,000th Type Specimen!

We are always uncovering exciting new stories in the Foreign Collection of our National Herbarium of Victoria. We recently discovered our 25,000th type specimen hidden here!


Type specimens are critical to plant taxonomy and scientific research as they become a permanent reference point for that name forever!

It has now been mounted, verified and added to the Global Plants Initiative, so it is available to researchers all around the world!

In brief

Donate now!
Christmas Appeal a Great Success!

We want to thank our wonderful donors for their generosity in the 2017 Christmas Appeal. It was our most successful campaign to date, with a 552% increase on December 2016!


These donations support Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to sustain and promote the pleasure of plants in the future. If you would like to help us achieve our initiatives in 2018, please visit our website.

In bloom


Blooming Melbourne

Celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2 Feb among the stunning Lotus flowers in Ornamental Lake!


Blooming Cranbourne

Brachychiton ‘Jerilderie Red’ has masses of small cascading flowers in the Water Saving Garden.



Melbourne's lakeside store is now 100% Australian designed! Check out our new window display!

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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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