The Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the best places to really appreciate spring in the city. Here are five ways to make the most of it.
Gardens Discovery Tour
Brush up on your plant knowledge and gain insights into the seasonal changes for local flora and fauna with the Gardens Discovery Tour. It runs twice daily and is free.
Aboriginal heritage Walk
For thousands of years the site of the Gardens has been a significant meeting place for the local custodians of the area, the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people of the Kulin nations. Get a deeper understanding of our shared environment on this Aboriginal heritage walk, which runs daily at 11am (except Saturdays).
Punting on the Lake
See the gardens from a different angle – take a cruise on an English-style punt around the Ornamental Lake. Discover picturesque islands and bays of the lake and learn more about the history, wildlife and plants on this unique chauffeured experience. It’s also a stunning photo opportunity – and you can bring your dog!
Branch out with gin and forest therapy
Explore the gardens at dusk with leading botanists and distillers as they speak to the botanical ingredients that make up that delicious spirit we know as gin. End the tour with a herbaceous gin and tonic. Or if you’re looking for a little natural therapy, soothe your soul with a spot of ‘shinrin-yoku’ – or ‘forest bathing’ – a Japanese well being practice that immerses the senses in nature. Forest Therapy runs twice weekly in the gardens.
Find-your-own highlights walk
There are plenty of ways to explore the gardens, starting with the stunning old magnolias and peony varieties and the dramatic succulents and cacti of Guilfoyle’s Volcano. Nearby are the Arid Gardens where the aloes are in full bloom. On the central lawn are rare and threatened species native to Victoria, grouped into six blooming beds devoted to alps, grasslands, Grampians, Mallee and Eastern Ranges. Head to the Oak Lawn for the new season foliage of the purple-leaved English oaks.
- Enjoy the acrobatics of Circus Oz at Aurora
- Green your living space at the Growing Friends Nursery plant sale
- Take a coffee break with the friendly crew from Jardin Tan
- Herb your enthusiasm with a tour of the gardens’ herb collection, featuring thyme, lemon verbena and cardamom
- Join a free science seminar – on monthly, the next event is 4 September.