Plants & Landscapes

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is the custodian of lands, landscapes and living plant collections, renowned for both their visual beauty and heritage as well as their scientific and horticultural interest.

The living collections and landscapes at both Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens play an important role in helping scientists and the public understand the history, present day uses and what the future may hold for plants in natural environments – and are great spaces for the public to enjoy, understand and appreciate plants.

Melbourne Gardens extends over 38 hectares, with displays of more than 50,000 individual plants representing over 8,500 different species from every part of the globe - these are represented in 31 living plant collections.

At the centre of Cranbourne Gardens is the Australian Garden, with 170,000 Australian native plants featured in contemporary landscaped display gardens. The Australian Garden is surrounded by remnant bushland and wetlands - a protected site of State significance for biodiversity conservation, where 370 species of native plants can be found, 20 native mammal species and 11 amphibian species.