Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria - Melbourne Gardens

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Australia - Victoria - Melbourne

Institution Code: MEL

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria - Melbourne Gardens

Established in 1846, Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens is one of Australia's premier botanical institutions and an inner city landmark extending over 38 picturesque hectares. A recognised leader in horticultural science and research, the Gardens is also one of Melbourne’s most popular tourist attractions with annually over 1.6 million visitors viewing the 10,000 plant species on display and enjoying the range of year-round events and unique tours.

Main Address:
Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria - Melbourne Gardens
Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra
Private Bag 2000
Victoria 3141 Australia

Telephone: 61 (0)3 9252 2300
Fax: 61 (0)3 9252 2442
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive
    Curator's Name: Chris Cole, Executive Director Melbourne Gardens
    Plant Records Officer's Name: David Cash, Gardens Information Officer
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 25
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 1846
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 38 Hectares
    Latitude: -37.8291413
    Longitude: 144.9798453
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 1600000

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 10000
  • Special Collections:10 % of collection is Australian flora. Collections from Australia including rain forest spp., Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands, California, Canary Islands, collections of Rhododendron esp. genus Vireya, Borya, Camellia, Quercus, Orchidaceae, succulents, bro
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes