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About Melbourne Gardens

First established in 1846 on the land of the Kulin Nation, Melbourne Gardens is today a green oasis in the heart of Melbourne. Throughout the 38 hectare site, you will discover over 31 collections of plants presented as a living work of art and making Melbourne Gardens one of the world's most beautiful botanic gardens.  For 175 years, Melbourne Gardens has been the city's sanctuary and playground, a site for major cultural events and a place for individual memories and rich experiences.

Melbourne Gardens is also home to the National Herbarium of Victoria, which houses the internationally important State Botanical Collection, where key scientific research in botany, taxonomy, mycology and conservation takes place. In addition to the 8,000 plant species planted across the site, the Gardens are also the site of the historic Melbourne Observatory. The interconnected science, horticulture and public engagement programs at Melbourne Gardens all contribute to the health of the community and natural environment.

The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden

The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden, located at Melbourne Gardens, is a magical place for children to discover the world of plants. It is a tourism award-winning Children's Garden full of interesting and interactive places to play and explore.

When at the Meeting Place, children should bring their swimming gear and be prepared to squeal with delight as water spouts from the ground. On cooler days, the Wetland Area is a natural pond teeming with life and a place where children can experience insects and plants.

The Ruin Garden is a world of lush rainforest vegetation where children can scramble over and under rocks, dig in the sand mulch and construct cubby houses. The Bamboo Forest is a magical place defined by bamboo. When in the bamboo forest the qualities of light, sound and texture all change.

Children can get their hands dirty in the kitchen garden, an area that features interesting, unusual and common fruits, vegetables and herbs. The plant tunnels are a place where children can run, hide and play.

The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden is available to young adventurers from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am - 7:30 pm.

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