Plants on display

We have a long tradition of displaying special plants from all over the world. 

In the 1800s the discovery of plants was of great scientific interest throughout the world.  Botanic Gardens, like zoos, were exciting places to visit to see the latest discoveries.  

Our plant collection has developed over time with many plants being trialled in the nursery area – now called the heritage garden.  Trees were planted as single specimens or avenues and these historic plantings are our arboretum in what is now called Eastern Park.

Many of the newly discovered plants needed to be protected in the local environment so specialised buildings were developed.  Our garden had a fernery and glasshouses so that newly discovered plants could be grown and displayed to visitors.

Plants may be grouped as a collection for many reasons. Their family, where they come from, their uses and the stories they tell.  

Geelong Botanic Gardens have a broad range of collections and we will introduce you to some of them.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 13 July 2022