University of Melbourne Grounds and Gardens

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

The System Gardens centraly located tower. Originally a potting shed to a unique octagonal conservatory c1860.
The System Gardens centraly located tower. Originally a potting shed to a unique octagonal conservatory c1860.

About the University of Melbourne Grounds and Gardens

The University of Melbourne’s System Garden dates back to 1856, three years after the founding of the University.
The System Garden was designed as a unique formal scientific, cultural and landscape feature rather than a recreational garden. Still remaining as a scientific and teaching garden the 1.5 acre site is now a secure public garden to be enjoyed by all. The System Garden contains cultivated garden beds that represent the evolution of plants from the non flowering Gymnosperms, mosses, cycads and conifers through to the vast flowering Angiosperms. Centrally located is the original and unique potting shed tower from when the garden was established.

Main Address:
University of Melbourne Grounds and Gardens
625-631 Swanston Street, Carlton
Victoria 3053 Australia

Telephone: 0425832554
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Andrew Gay
    Curator's Name: Tim Uebergang
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Tim Uebergang
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1856
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Total Area: 1 Hectares
    Latitude: -37.796539
    Longitude: 144.959015
    Annual Rainfall: 650 mm
    Altitude: 50.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 45 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: System Garden
  • Local Address: The University of Melbourne Parkville campus.
  • Locality: City: Melbourne
  • Locality: State: Victoria

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: No
    Public Lectures/Talks: No
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: Yes