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Ephemeral Lake at Cranbourne Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

April in the Gardens

Welcome to April, and the autumnal colouring of leaves on our deciduous trees. Look out too for the bright red Blood Lilies (Haemanthus coccineus) emerging in the Southern Africa Collection in Melbourne, and the Firewood Banksia (Banksia menziesii) flowering so beautifully in the Stringybark Picnic Area at Cranbourne.

There’s plenty of activities on this month. Head to Cranbourne Gardens and be part of the launch of Nature Play Week with Botanica, a children’s event that encourages outdoor play. Or experience the minimal, beautiful and perilous rock balancing performance FREEZE! from 14 April.

We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens this month!

Tim Entwisle
Director and Chief Executive



Cranbourne and Melbourne

Dutch performance artist Nick Steur balances rocks; no tricks involved. Witness mindfulness in motion as Nick constructs a new minimal, beautiful and breakable sculpture during each show.

Cranbourne 14 & 15 April

Melbourne 21 & 22 April





Construct cubbies and creatures using materials collected from the Gardens. Curated by artist Darryl Cordell, and inspired by his childhood in the bush, Botanica offers families the opportunity to work together to help the village grow.
11 to 14 April


Poetry Among The Eucalypts

Poetry Among the Eucalypts


Join Gunai poet Kirli Saunders for a nature-inspired poetry workshop that fosters an emotional and creative connection to country and culture. Observe the beauty of Australian plants while undertaking sensory and writing activities.
10 & 11 April

Waring Wombat Season

Waring wombat season

This season combines early and deep winter (April – July), bringing misty mornings and cool, rainy days. Waring (wombats) creep out from their beds to bask in the sunshine, surrounded by the push of new mushrooms bursting through moist soil. Hearts of Kombadik (soft tree ferns) grow rapidly following fire, and provide a main food source alongside plump tuber roots.


Tim Entwisle Wins Best Blog

Tim wins best blog

We are proud to announce that our Director and Chief Executive, Tim Entwisle has been awarded Best Blog at the 2018 Horticultural Media Association Australia (HMAA) Laurel Awards!

Each Tuesday, Talking Plants covers new botanical encounters. Check out Tim’s latest post, in which he cracks open a mollusc-shaped flower from a Natal Shell-flower Bush, here.

Garden Ambassador Program
Love Australian Plants? Become a Garden Ambassador!

For the first time in more than five years, Cranbourne Gardens is recruiting volunteers to engage with our visitors about plants and animals, conduct daily garden walking tours, assist with workshops and attend events to promote Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. 
New Garden Ambassadors will receive full training and a uniform, plus support from our existing group of wonderful volunteers. For more information, please email Fiona O’Loghlin, Volunteer and Friends Coordinator, Cranbourne Gardens or click here.

In bloom

Blood Lily Southern Africa Collection

Blooming Melbourne

Stop by the Southern Africa Collection to see the scarlet Blood Lilies (Haemanthus coccineus) emerging from the soil like periscopes. Once flowers sprout from the underground bulbs, tongue-shaped leaves and fleshy berries follow.

Eremophila glabra 'Murchison Magic'

Blooming Cranbourne

Spy burnt orange flowers contrasting the silver-grey leaves of Eremophila glabra 'Murchison Magic' in Cranbourne's Future Garden. These vibrant flowers attract bees, nectar-feeding birds and butterflies and grow well in most well drained gardens.

Green Thumb Mug

Blooming in Shop

Start your day with a cuppa, brewed in a Green Thumb mug. Each piece from this beautiful new collaboration with Maxwell Williams shares the joy of gardening. Get 30% off the mug and coaster set and receive a free gift card with each purchase.

Visit Melbourne

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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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