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.
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
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.