The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens has been a treasured part of Melbourne’s cultural life for more than 176 years, since 1846, when Lieutenant Governor, Charles La Trobe, set aside the natural amphitheatre where our famous Royal Botanic Gardens now sit, with the gardens, many interesting man-made structures and buildings, as well as magnificent plantings. From Baron von Mueller’s aviaries and formal structures and gardens to Guilfoyle’s Victorian follies, rockeries and gazebos, many of these historic and treasured structures survive.
On this “walk & talk” excursion, Cathy Trinca, President of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, plus both a guide and a friend of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, will take The Friends on an exclusive garden walk around some of the HISTORIC BUILDINGS OF THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS MELBOURNE. The walking tour will take in the early history of these amazing buildings, from the Observatory to the Lake via the gate lodges, nursery, bridges, Gardens House and more. Learn about who lived in the various buildings, where the museum of economic botany was kept, building the world’s biggest telescope, and where they stabled the horses that pulled the lawn mowers.