St. Kilda Botanical Gardens
The St. Kilda Botanical Gardens is a magnificent 19th-century garden in the historic inner-southeast suburb of St. Kilda. Established in 1859, the gardens have evolved throughout the decades to include extensive seasonal flowerbeds, lush exotic forests, a rose garden, a conservatory and a range of native Australian plant species. Stroll amid the gardens’ gorgeous collections of seasonal flowers and indigenous plants, check out the ornamental pond, explore glasshouses and discover innovative new concepts at the Eco-Centre.
Wander along the palm-lined path that bisects the pretty park. Visit the expertly manicured Alister Clarke Memorial Rose Garden to see specially bred roses blooming between spring and autumn. Transport yourself to another land beneath the leafy canopy of the Sub-Tropical Rainforest Conservatory. Extensive flowerbeds display beautiful blooms from Australia and beyond. See tiny native wildflowers blossoming in late winter and colourful European species come to life in spring. The excellent collection of indigenous plants makes these botanical gardens a great place to study Australian flora.
Stroll around the gardens’ ornamental pond. This water feature is crowned by the Rain Man, which is a fountain that runs on solar power and recycled water. The innovative design behind the fountain sculpture is key to the concepts of the St. Kilda Botanical Gardens Eco-Centre. Visit this centre to join classes and workshops that promote sustainable living practices.
Challenge your friend or another garden visitor to a match on the chess tables. Confident players might want to play a match on the giant chessboard.
While in the St. Kilda Botanical Gardens, keep an eye out for birdlife, including eastern spinebills, cooing crested pigeons and rainbow lorikeets feasting on eucalyptus blossoms,.
The gardens are free to enter and are open daily between sunrise and sunset. Two tram lines and several bus lines pass near to the gardens and the closest train station is in Balaclava. Free parking is available in the gardens’ vicinity. Combine your visit to the St. Kilda Botanical Gardens with a stroll down nearby Acland Street, home to delicious continental cakes, contemporary dining and fashion boutiques.