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.

St Kilda Botanical Gardens

There's a mix of the modern and vintage in St Kilda Botanical Gardens. The rose garden and rotunda are my favourites, along with the Rain Man sculpture and the radiator from Hull

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Opening in 1846 makes the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne the oldest entry yet on Vintage Victoria. Lamps, lakes, gates and cottages make it an exciting place to explore 175 years on.

Camperdown Botanic Gardens

Thankfully there are still vintage buildings such as the potting shed, the pavilion and ironwork benches dotted around the Camperdown Botanic Gardens. Great views also over lakes and distant volcanoes

Colac Botanic Gardens

Nellie Melba loved the roses in Colac Botanic Gardens, but I wonder what she'd make of the flying foxes which rule the roost above large sections of the Gardens today.

Koroit Botanic Gardens

Apart from some magnificent old trees, the only remaining vintage features in the Koroit Botanic Gardens seemed to be the lamps that line the paths and a small stretch of picket fencing.

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Gold money brought marble statues to Ballarat Botanical Gardens in the 1880s - They still feature today, some housed in a vintage pavilion, some exposed to the elements, including William Wallace.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens

The magnificent iron gates at the entrance to Williamstown Botanic Gardens were forged in Glasgow and shipped over some years after the Gardens opened in 1860. Still standing proud today.

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, Daylesford

The 1938 look out tower still stands in Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens in Daylesford, giving superb views over the century-old trees and the distant dormant volcanoes on the horizon

Horsham Botanic Gardens

Horsham Botanic Gardens opened in the 1870s or 1880s. Each curator since then has a path or walkway named after him, and an ancient tree has now become a commemorative sculpture.

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.

St Kilda Botanical Gardens

There's a mix of the modern and vintage in St Kilda Botanical Gardens. The rose garden and rotunda are my favourites, along with the Rain Man sculpture and the radiator from Hull

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Opening in 1846 makes the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne the oldest entry yet on Vintage Victoria. Lamps, lakes, gates and cottages make it an exciting place to explore 175 years on.

Camperdown Botanic Gardens

Thankfully there are still vintage buildings such as the potting shed, the pavilion and ironwork benches dotted around the Camperdown Botanic Gardens. Great views also over lakes and distant volcanoes

Colac Botanic Gardens

Nellie Melba loved the roses in Colac Botanic Gardens, but I wonder what she'd make of the flying foxes which rule the roost above large sections of the Gardens today.

Koroit Botanic Gardens

Apart from some magnificent old trees, the only remaining vintage features in the Koroit Botanic Gardens seemed to be the lamps that line the paths and a small stretch of picket fencing.

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Gold money brought marble statues to Ballarat Botanical Gardens in the 1880s - They still feature today, some housed in a vintage pavilion, some exposed to the elements, including William Wallace.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens

The magnificent iron gates at the entrance to Williamstown Botanic Gardens were forged in Glasgow and shipped over some years after the Gardens opened in 1860. Still standing proud today.

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, Daylesford

The 1938 look out tower still stands in Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens in Daylesford, giving superb views over the century-old trees and the distant dormant volcanoes on the horizon

Horsham Botanic Gardens

Horsham Botanic Gardens opened in the 1870s or 1880s. Each curator since then has a path or walkway named after him, and an ancient tree has now become a commemorative sculpture.

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.