About Us

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria plays a leading role in the conservation of plants through biodiversity research, programs to protect rare and threatened plants, and the study of habitats. This work is supported by education and visitor programs about the importance of plants to life.

The organisation encompasses two diverse sites at its Melbourne and Cranbourne locations, the State Botanical Collection housed at the National Herbarium of Victoria, and the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens Board Victoria, which is responsible to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

Our Vision

Life is sustained and enriched by plants

Our vision is a flourishing community and healthy planet, sustained and enriched by plants. Through iconic landscapes, horticultural excellence and scientific eminence we will make an enduring contribution to this vision.

Plants, along with fungi and algae, are fundamental to life on Earth. They provide the air we breathe, the food we eat, many of the medicines that heal us, and habitat and shelter for our planet’s wildlife. They give our lives meaning and inspiration.

We prosper and our planet benefits when we understand, appreciate and protect plants for their life giving qualities. The actions we all take should be based on our knowledge and respect for plants.

Our Mission

Every interaction with us advances the understanding and appreciation of plants

Our mission is to use our two remarkable gardens, our innovative science, and our skills at sharing knowledge, to help the community understand and value plants. We will seek every opportunity to interact with people, from all walks of life and wherever they live. By engaging with our local communities, attracting visitors to our gardens and connecting with people online, we will achieve our vision.

In all our interactions we will be creative, open, brave and remarkable as we look for every opportunity in our roles to advance the understanding and appreciation of plants. Our values guide our decision-making and behaviour and determine how we will act as we achieve our vision.

Our Values


We are inventive and enthusiastic


We have the courage to change things


We make time to listen, learn and be clear


We leave a lasting impression

Our Charter

The objectives of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are outlined in the Royal Botanic Gardens Act 1991:        

  • to conserve, protect and improve the botanic gardens and managed land and their collections of living plants
  • to conserve and enhance the State Botanical Collection and National Herbarium of Victoria        
  • to provide for the use of the State Botanical Collection or plants or plant specimens at the botanic gardens or managed land for scientific or reference purposes, consistent with accepted international practice       
  • to increase public knowledge and awareness of plants and plant communities        
  • to provide for the use of the Botanic Gardens for education, public enjoyment and tourism        
  • to provide for the carrying out of and contribution to research into biodiversity and the conservation of biodiversity