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.

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.