In this article, we want to share the history of three famous gardens in Melbourne. Whilst we all like to potter around and put in a few herbs, vegetables or favourite trees and shrubs into our gardens, there are some people in history who have taken this passion to extremes.
Our first is of course the most famous garden in Melbourne – the Royal Botanic Gardens, affectionately known to Melbournians as The Tan. Before it was established in the 1840’s, the area where the botanic gardens is now was a swamp. It was established by Lieutenant Governor Charles La Trobe and took 60 years to be transformed.
Another famous garden in Melbourne is that which surrounds Ripponlea mansion in South East Melbourne. Ripponlea Gardens cover nearly 14 acres, and incorporates a dizzying array of local and imported plants. Originally built in 1868 for Frederick Sargood, the gardens are a popular destination and many functions and events and special exhibitions are held there every year.
Our final garden destination is Werribee Mansion which is home to the Victoria State Rose Garden and formal gardens. An interesting feature you may not know of is a natural area being planted out with plants important to a local aboriginal tribe that lived in the area by the Werribee River – the Kurung Jang Balluk clan.
Whether you like cottage gardens, vegie gardens, formal gardens or modern gardens, we can all agree that having an outdoor space is important to people in Melbourne.
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