If your looking for gardens to visit in Melbourne your in luck, Victoria is blessed with many easy to reach gardens and with variety as well. We list our top ten gardens with some very well known, and a few that are hidden gems.
The obvious place to to start is the Royal Botanic Gardens, and these are within walking distance of central city accomodation. A great range of plants including a succulent garden that is a real feature. Find them On the Map
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However Melbourne has two other Botanic Gardens, one at Cranbourne and one in the Dandenong Ranges.
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens specialise in native Australian plants. This is a modern landscaped garden divided into sections to represent different aspects of the landscape. Its an International award winning garden and Cranbourne Botanic Gardens are well worth the visit. Find them on the Map.
The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens was previously known as the National Rhododendron Gardens. It specialises in cooler climate plants from around the world. An amazing collection of Rhododendrons, Camellias and the well photographed Kurume Azalea bowl. deciduous Magnolias and a cherry blossom walk. Also a good collection of Proteas, all set amongst towering eucalypts. Find them on the Map
If you like native plants, Kawarra Gardens at Kalorama is a specialist native plant garden, the gardens are full of interesting plants, Grevilleas, native orchids, Waratahs and many others. This is a smaller garden yet packed with interest. Find them on the Map
Cruden Farm in Langwarrin was the home of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. A beautiful garden open to the public and a must visit garden at that. Find it on the Map. Also look for the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch rose.
Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens are set in the Dandenong Ranges, need for the collection of exotic trees set in a landscaped garden amongst tall Mountain Ash Trees. An ornamental lake and waterfalls add to the garden. Find them on the Map
Pirianda gardens are a hidden gem. A large collection of exotic ornamental trees and shrubs set amongst native trees. Many unusual conifers, rhododendrons, camellias, viburnums and other species. Set on a hillside with rock retaining walls and criss crossing pathways. Find them on the Map
Maranoa gardens in Balwyn is another garden with good collection of Australian native plants as well as many from New Zealand. It is divided into four main sections, rainforest, temperate woodland, heathland and dry sclerophyll forest. Find them on the Map
Set close to the city centre are the Fitzroy gardens. Open lawns, avenues of tall ornamental trees, and a cool retreat on a hot summers day. It feature a conservatory with changing displays, Cook’s Cottage and the famous Fairies Tree carved by Ola Cohn. A number of fountains are located in these gardens . Find them on the Map
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This is a national trust house with a good garden and close to the city centre.
Another wonderful national trust house with good gardens including a rose garden, fernery and historic orchard.