Sunken Glass House

The Sunken Glass House is one of our oldest and unique buildings in the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

The Sunken Glass House is a rare example of  European style conservatory’s used by early settlers. Built in the 1860s, this glass house was used by the Gardens first curator, Daniel Bunce, who later found little need to acclimatise plants to Australia’s already warm conditions. Since then, The Sunken Glass House has been used to cultivate  many different plant collections held at the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

Today this charming glass house is no longer part of the industrial nursery, and can be found surrounded by gardens. It now relishes in its new role connecting the gardens rich history, to our present day patrons. The ever changing plant displays held within can be viewed through the glass roof.

On display 

Right now, you will find a dry desert landscape containing rare and usual Cacti and Succulent plants species. The display highlights these plants unique survival mechanisms that enables life to flourish in the most barren environments.  

Page last updated: Wednesday, 27 April 2022