Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens 20-year plan launched as sensory garden unveiledFlower Pot Girls
Major changes planned over the next 20 years for Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens have been revealed, including a new underground vault for the herbarium.
Delivered in stages, the nature and science precinct will include a below ground vault to house the state botanical collection and remodelling of the 1934 building.
“There is an urgent need to safeguard Victoria’s future by protecting its state botanical collection with the construction of a new national herbarium of Victoria, and to use that opportunity to unlock those collections for scientific research,” the master plan, released on Thursday, reads.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MELBOURNE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS MASTER PLAN 2020—2040
— Birrarung gate: a new gate that will be created along the northern border, located where the Birrarung (Yarra River) once flowed through the gardens
— Terrace gardens: The corner of Anderson St and Alexandra Ave is to be redeveloped into a new welcoming arrival space
— Arid and drylands precinct: A redesign and rebuild of the arid garden to better integrate into the overall Guilfoyle landscape
— Huntingfield lawn amphitheatre: the existing lawn will be gently profiled to become an open-air performance space
— Lakeside conservatory: Planned by the ornamental lake.