My earliest memories of Botanic Gardens actually relate to a train station in my home town of Hull, where steam trains would hold up our journey into the city sometimes. The Gardens themselves were long gone, though I often mixed them up with the exotic smells of the greenhouses in a nearby park, and imagined all Botanic Gardens had hot houses. Many of Victoria’s Botanical gardens were set up in the 1860s, when white settlers had time (and money) for leisure, and botanists were keen to educate the general population on flora from distant lands. Many of these gardens remain today, with lots of vintage buildings (or indeed trees) to admire.

Buninyong Botanic Gardens

The original 1901 bandstand rotunda still stands in Buninyong Botanic Gardens today. Along with 'The Gong' lake next door, a beautiful spot in 2021 still.

Benalla Botanical Gardens

England's touring cricketers played Country Victoria on the oval in Benalla Botanical Gardens in 1937. You could watch the game from the bandstand which still stands today.

Kyneton Botanic Gardens

The original Kyneton Botanic Gardens, opened in 1861, extended down to the Campaspe River & regularly flooded in the early years. A picnic & a swim in the river baths was a common activity back then

Bendigo Botanic Gardens

Some of the trees in the Bendigo Botanic Gardens may well date from their early years in the 1850s. The vintage pavilion is a little newer than that. And now there are Gardens for the Future too.

Malmsbury Botanic Gardens

Malmsbury Viaduct has been looking down over the Botanic Gardens since they opened in the 1860s. Not many brass bands playing these days, or town hall dances after a gardens picnic, though.