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.
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.