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FriendsBBGfbbg.org.au(03) 5342 9354info@fbbg.org.auFriends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens@cityofballaratInstagram – cityofballarat Tuberous Begonia display as part of the BallaratBegonia Festival each autumnSpread across 40 hectares of spectacular leafy gardens andavenues, the Gardens feature an exceptional collection ofexotic conifer, deciduous and native trees. Hydrangeas, Fuchsias and Pelargoniums eachsummerThe Ballarat Botanical Gardens is renowned as Australia’smost attractive cool climate gardens.The Robert Clark Conservatory is home to seasonal displaysyear-round, featuring plants grown and maintained in theBallarat Botanical Gardens Nursery, including:Welcome to theBallarat Botanical GardensLocated opposite Lake Wendouree, the Gardens feature52 mature trees listed on the National Trust Significant TreesRegister and are also renowned for an outstanding collectionof Begonias.Home to two collections of Begonias, 240 tuberous and 300non-tuberous varieties, both are registered with the PlantsTrust Australia.From 1917-1959, the Gardens were home to The BallaratZoo. Prominent Ballarat resident Henry Ben Jahn left abequest of 10,000 pounds to the City of Ballarat with thepurpose of creating an animal menagerie. Remnants of theanimal enclosures are still visible in the area of Zoo Drive.Thomas Rooney and John Lingham followed Longley’sstewardship of the Gardens in 1898, and English-trainedThomas Toop was the next successor to take charge. For thenext 20 years, he led the continued growth of the Gardensand was succeeded by his apprentice Thomas Beaumontwho spent 54 years as the Gardens’ Curator. The TomBeaumont Lawn was named in his honour.Planting of the Giant Redwood Avenue began in 1863 andthe Fish Acclimatisation Society was established in the SouthGardens. Construction of the Fernery had begun by the1870s, with work on the Fernery continuing in stages until itscompletion in 1898.In the 1860s, the principal tree planting began while in 1888a maze was built in the North Gardens to the same design asone built in London’s Hampton Court Palace. It was removedin 1959.The Botanical Gardens Nursery was established in 1859.Plants and seeds were received from the Royal Melbourneand Geelong Botanic Gardens.The site was divided into three distinct sections – the CentralBotanical Gardens and two areas of open parkland nowknown as the North and South Gardens.In 1858, a design competition was won by Messrs Wright andArmstrong. The inaugural Garden’s Curator, George Longley,who trained in horticulture at Lowther Castle in England, wasappointed to turn their vision into a reality.Developed on the back of the gold rush, the site was firstreserved for a public garden in 1857 and was developed from1858 on the old Police paddock site.Steeped in ic.gov.au(03) 5320 5135Wendouree Parade, BallaratRobert Clark Horticultural CentreBallarat Botanical Gardens Chrysanthemums in May Cyclamen, Cineraria and Primula in winter, and Schizanthus and spring bulbs in spring.The Gardens is also home to an extensive late 19th Centurycollection of marble statues, including the Thompson andStoddart bequests.Surrounding attractionsLake WendoureeLocated in the heart of Ballarat, Lake Wendouree is one ofBallarat’s most popular attractions. Walk, run or cycle the 6kmSteve Moneghetti track. Watch the swans, ducks and yachtsglide by, pack a picnic or prepare a barbecue and have somefun at the four play spaces on the lake foreshore. Visit one ofthe lake-side cafes or enjoy the picnic and BBQ facilities.Australian Ex-Prisoners of War MemorialPause to recognise and honour the 36,000 Australians whobecame Prisoners of War during the wars of the 20th century.(See map location 29)Ballarat Tramway MuseumStep back in time to explore the trams that rocked androlled along the tracks of Ballarat streets from 1887 to1971. The tram depot is home to collection of tramcars andmemorabilia. Trams run every weekend, public holidays andduring the Victorian school holidays. (See map location 27)The Gardens has been growing tuberous Begonias since thelate 1800s, with 140 of its tuberous Begonias imported fromUnited Kingdom nursery Blackmore and Langdons. Many ofthose are now considered rare.The Gardens is one of only a few that still plants large scaleannual bedding displays. More than 10,000 annuals areplanted to coincide with summer events and a further 10,000annuals are planted for the spring display.Murrup LaarVisit the first public artwork project as part of the newIndigenous sculpture park at North Gardens, created byBallarat artist Deanne Gilson. (See map location 32)Ballarat Olympic PrecinctThe Ballarat Botanical Gardens welcomes thousands ofvisitors each year. It also attracts more than 60,000 for thethree-day annual Ballarat Begonia Festival over the LabourDay weekend in March.The Gardens also provide the venue for the City of Ballarat’smuch-loved Summer Sundays picnic and live music eventseach January.Ballarat hosted the rowing, canoeing and kayaking eventsfor the 1956 Olympic Games at the lake. The monumentcelebrates Ballarat becoming an Olympic Games host city.Ballarat Paralympic Sports AvenueThe only one of its kind in Australia, this avenue honoursBallarat athletes who have represented Australia at theParalympic Games.

FriendsBBGfbbg.org.au(03) 5342 9354info@fbbg.org.auFriends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens@cityofballaratInstagram – cityofballarat Tuberous Begonia display as part of the BallaratBegonia Festival each autumnSpread across 40 hectares of spectacular leafy gardens andavenues, the Gardens feature an exceptional collection ofexotic conifer, deciduous and native trees. Hydrangeas, Fuchsias and Pelargoniums eachsummerThe Ballarat Botanical Gardens is renowned as Australia’smost attractive cool climate gardens.The Robert Clark Conservatory is home to seasonal displaysyear-round, featuring plants grown and maintained in theBallarat Botanical Gardens Nursery, including:Welcome to theBallarat Botanical GardensLocated opposite Lake Wendouree, the Gardens feature52 mature trees listed on the National Trust Significant TreesRegister and are also renowned for an outstanding collectionof Begonias.Home to two collections of Begonias, 240 tuberous and 300non-tuberous varieties, both are registered with the PlantsTrust Australia.From 1917-1959, the Gardens were home to The BallaratZoo. Prominent Ballarat resident Henry Ben Jahn left abequest of 10,000 pounds to the City of Ballarat with thepurpose of creating an animal menagerie. Remnants of theanimal enclosures are still visible in the area of Zoo Drive.Thomas Rooney and John Lingham followed Longley’sstewardship of the Gardens in 1898, and English-trainedThomas Toop was the next successor to take charge. For thenext 20 years, he led the continued growth of the Gardensand was succeeded by his apprentice Thomas Beaumontwho spent 54 years as the Gardens’ Curator. The TomBeaumont Lawn was named in his honour.Planting of the Giant Redwood Avenue began in 1863 andthe Fish Acclimatisation Society was established in the SouthGardens. Construction of the Fernery had begun by the1870s, with work on the Fernery continuing in stages until itscompletion in 1898.In the 1860s, the principal tree planting began while in 1888a maze was built in the North Gardens to the same design asone built in London’s Hampton Court Palace. It was removedin 1959.The Botanical Gardens Nursery was established in 1859.Plants and seeds were received from the Royal Melbourneand Geelong Botanic Gardens.The site was divided into three distinct sections – the CentralBotanical Gardens and two areas of open parkland nowknown as the North and South Gardens.In 1858, a design competition was won by Messrs Wright andArmstrong. The inaugural Garden’s Curator, George Longley,who trained in horticulture at Lowther Castle in England, wasappointed to turn their vision into a reality.Developed on the back of the gold rush, the site was firstreserved for a public garden in 1857 and was developed from1858 on the old Police paddock site.Steeped in ic.gov.au(03) 5320 5135Wendouree Parade, BallaratRobert Clark Horticultural CentreBallarat Botanical Gardens Chrysanthemums in May Cyclamen, Cineraria and Primula in winter, and Schizanthus and spring bulbs in spring.The Gardens is also home to an extensive late 19th Centurycollection of marble statues, including the Thompson andStoddart bequests.Surrounding attractionsLake WendoureeLocated in the heart of Ballarat, Lake Wendouree is one ofBallarat’s most popular attractions. Walk, run or cycle the 6kmSteve Moneghetti track. Watch the swans, ducks and yachtsglide by, pack a picnic or prepare a barbecue and have somefun at the four play spaces on the lake foreshore. Visit one ofthe lake-side cafes or enjoy the picnic and BBQ facilities.Australian Ex-Prisoners of War MemorialPause to recognise and honour the 36,000 Australians whobecame Prisoners of War during the wars of the 20th century.(See map location 29)Ballarat Tramway MuseumStep back in time to explore the trams that rocked androlled along the tracks of Ballarat streets from 1887 to1971. The tram depot is home to collection of tramcars andmemorabilia. Trams run every weekend, public holidays andduring the Victorian school holidays. (See map location 27)The Gardens has been growing tuberous Begonias since thelate 1800s, with 140 of its tuberous Begonias imported fromUnited Kingdom nursery Blackmore and Langdons. Many ofthose are now considered rare.The Gardens is one of only a few that still plants large scaleannual bedding displays. More than 10,000 annuals areplanted to coincide with summer events and a further 10,000annuals are planted for the spring display.Murrup LaarVisit the first public artwork project as part of the newIndigenous sculpture park at North Gardens, created byBallarat artist Deanne Gilson. (See map location 32)Ballarat Olympic PrecinctThe Ballarat Botanical Gardens welcomes thousands ofvisitors each year. It also attracts more than 60,000 for thethree-day annual Ballarat Begonia Festival over the LabourDay weekend in March.The Gardens also provide the venue for the City of Ballarat’smuch-loved Summer Sundays picnic and live music eventseach January.Ballarat hosted the rowing, canoeing and kayaking eventsfor the 1956 Olympic Games at the lake. The monumentcelebrates Ballarat becoming an Olympic Games host city.Ballarat Paralympic Sports AvenueThe only one of its kind in Australia, this avenue honoursBallarat athletes who have represented Australia at theParalympic Games.

From 1917-1959, the Gardens were home to The BallaratZoo. Prominent Ballarat resident Henry Ben Jahn left abequest of 10,000 pounds to the City of Ballarat with thepurpose of creating an animal menagerie. Remnants of theanimal enclosures are still visible in the area of Zoo Drive.Thomas Rooney and John Lingham followed Longley’sstewardship of the Gardens in 1898, and English-trainedThomas Toop was the next successor to take charge. For thenext 20 years, he led the continued growth of the Gardensand was succeeded by his apprentice Thomas Beaumontwho spent 54 years as the Gardens’ Curator. The TomBeaumont Lawn was named in his honour.Planting of the Giant Redwood Avenue began in 1863 andthe Fish Acclimatisation Society was established in the SouthGardens. Construction of the Fernery had begun by the1870s, with work on the Fernery continuing in stages until itscompletion in 1898.In the 1860s, the principal tree planting began while in 1888a maze was built in the North Gardens to the same design asone built in London’s Hampton Court Palace. It was removedin 1959.The Botanical Gardens Nursery was established in 1859.Plants and seeds were received from the Royal Melbourneand Geelong Botanic Gardens.The site was divided into three distinct sections – the CentralBotanical Gardens and two areas of open parkland nowknown as the North and South Gardens.In 1858, a design competition was won by Messrs Wright andArmstrong. The inaugural Garden’s Curator, George Longley,who trained in horticulture at Lowther Castle in England, wasappointed to turn their vision into a reality.Developed on the back of the gold rush, the site was firstreserved for a public garden in 1857 and was developed from1858 on the old Police paddock site.Steeped in historyFriendsBBGfbbg.org.au(03) 5342 9354info@fbbg.org.auFriends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens@cityofballaratInstagram – larat.vic.gov.au(03) 5320 5135Wendouree Parade, BallaratRobert Clark Horticultural CentreBallarat Botanical GardensWelcome to theBallarat Botanical GardensThe Robert Clark Conservatory is home to seasonal displaysyear-round, featuring plants grown and maintained in theBallarat Botanical Gardens Nursery, including:Surrounding attractionsThe Ballarat Botanical Gardens is renowned as Australia’smost attractive cool climate gardens. Hydrangeas, Fuchsias and Pelargoniums eachsummerSpread across 40 hectares of spectacular leafy gardens andavenues, the Gardens feature an exceptional collection ofexotic conifer, deciduous and native trees. Tuberous Begonia display as part of the BallaratBegonia Festival each autumnLocated in the heart of Ballarat, Lake Wendouree is one ofBallarat’s most popular attractions. Walk, run or cycle the 6kmSteve Moneghetti track. Watch the swans, ducks and yachtsglide by, pack a picnic or prepare a barbecue and have somefun at the four play spaces on the lake foreshore. Visit one ofthe lake-side cafes or enjoy the picnic and BBQ facilities.Located opposite Lake Wendouree, the Gardens feature52 mature trees listed on the National Trust Significant TreesRegister and are also renowned for an outstanding collectionof Begonias.Home to two collections of Begonias, 240 tuberous and 300non-tuberous varieties, both are registered with the PlantsTrust Australia. Chrysanthemums in May Cyclamen, Cineraria and Primula in winter, and Schizanthus and spring bulbs in spring.The Gardens is also home to an extensive late 19th Centurycollection of marble statues, including the Thompson andStoddart bequests.Lake WendoureeAustralian Ex-Prisoners of War MemorialPause to recognise and honour the 36,000 Australians whobecame Prisoners of War during the wars of the 20th century.(See map location 29)Ballarat Tramway MuseumStep back in time to explore the trams that rocked androlled along the tracks of Ballarat streets from 1887 to1971. The tram depot is home to collection of tramcars andmemorabilia. Trams run every weekend, public holidays andduring the Victorian school holidays. (See map location 27)The Gardens has been growing tuberous Begonias since thelate 1800s, with 140 of its tuberous Begonias imported fromUnited Kingdom nursery Blackmore and Langdons. Many ofthose are now considered rare.The Gardens is one of only a few that still plants large scaleannual bedding displays. More than 10,000 annuals areplanted to coincide with summer events and a further 10,000annuals are planted for the spring display.Murrup LaarVisit the first public artwork project as part of the newIndigenous sculpture park at North Gardens, created byBallarat artist Deanne Gilson. (See map location 32)Ballarat Olympic PrecinctThe Ballarat Botanical Gardens welcomes thousands ofvisitors each year. It also attracts more than 60,000 for thethree-day annual Ballarat Begonia Festival over the LabourDay weekend in March.The Gardens also provide the venue for the City of Ballarat’smuch-loved Summer Sundays picnic and live music eventseach January.Ballarat hosted the rowing, canoeing and kayaking eventsfor the 1956 Olympic Games at the lake. The monumentcelebrates Ballarat becoming an Olympic Games host city.Ballarat Paralympic Sports AvenueThe only one of its kind in Australia, this avenue honoursBallarat athletes who have represented Australia at theParalympic Games.

From 1917-1959, the Gardens were home to The BallaratZoo. Prominent Ballarat resident Henry Ben Jahn left abequest of 10,000 pounds to the City of Ballarat with thepurpose of creating an animal menagerie. Remnants of theanimal enclosures are still visible in the area of Zoo Drive.Thomas Rooney and John Lingham followed Longley’sstewardship of the Gardens in 1898, and English-trainedThomas Toop was the next successor to take charge. For thenext 20 years, he led the continued growth of the Gardensand was succeeded by his apprentice Thomas Beaumontwho spent 54 years as the Gardens’ Curator. The TomBeaumont Lawn was named in his honour.Planting of the Giant Redwood Avenue began in 1863 andthe Fish Acclimatisation Society was established in the SouthGardens. Construction of the Fernery had begun by the1870s, with work on the Fernery continuing in stages until itscompletion in 1898.In the 1860s, the principal tree planting began while in 1888a maze was built in the North Gardens to the same design asone built in London’s Hampton Court Palace. It was removedin 1959.The Botanical Gardens Nursery was established in 1859.Plants and seeds were received from the Royal Melbourneand Geelong Botanic Gardens.The site was divided into three distinct sections – the CentralBotanical Gardens and two areas of open parkland nowknown as the North and South Gardens.In 1858, a design competition was won by Messrs Wright andArmstrong. The inaugural Garden’s Curator, George Longley,who trained in horticulture at Lowther Castle in England, wasappointed to turn their vision into a reality.Developed on the back of the gold rush, the site was firstreserved for a public garden in 1857 and was developed from1858 on the old Police paddock site.Steeped in historyFriendsBBGfbbg.org.au(03) 5342 9354info@fbbg.org.auFriends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens@cityofballaratInstagram – larat.vic.gov.au(03) 5320 5135Wendouree Parade, BallaratRobert Clark Horticultural CentreBallarat Botanical GardensWelcome to theBallarat Botanical GardensThe Robert Clark Conservatory is home to seasonal displaysyear-round, featuring plants grown and maintained in theBallarat Botanical Gardens Nursery, including:Surrounding attractionsThe Ballarat Botanical Gardens is renowned as Australia’smost attractive cool climate gardens. Hydrangeas, Fuchsias and Pelargoniums eachsummerSpread across 40 hectares of spectacular leafy gardens andavenues, the Gardens feature an exceptional collection ofexotic conifer, deciduous and native trees. Tuberous Begonia display as part of the BallaratBegonia Festival each autumnLocated in the heart of Ballarat, Lake Wendouree is one ofBallarat’s most popular attractions. Walk, run or cycle the 6kmSteve Moneghetti track. Watch the swans, ducks and yachtsglide by, pack a picnic or prepare a barbecue and have somefun at the four play spaces on the lake foreshore. Visit one ofthe lake-side cafes or enjoy the picnic and BBQ facilities.Located opposite Lake Wendouree, the Gardens feature52 mature trees listed on the National Trust Significant TreesRegister and are also renowned for an outstanding collectionof Begonias.Home to two collections of Begonias, 240 tuberous and 300non-tuberous varieties, both are registered with the PlantsTrust Australia. Chrysanthemums in May Cyclamen, Cineraria and Primula in winter, and Schizanthus and spring bulbs in spring.The Gardens is also home to an extensive late 19th Centurycollection of marble statues, including the Thompson andStoddart bequests.Lake WendoureeAustralian Ex-Prisoners of War MemorialPause to recognise and honour the 36,000 Australians whobecame Prisoners of War during the wars of the 20th century.(See map location 29)Ballarat Tramway MuseumStep back in time to explore the trams that rocked androlled along the tracks of Ballarat streets from 1887 to1971. The tram depot is home to collection of tramcars andmemorabilia. Trams run every weekend, public holidays andduring the Victorian school holidays. (See map location 27)The Gardens has been growing tuberous Begonias since thelate 1800s, with 140 of its tuberous Begonias imported fromUnited Kingdom nursery Blackmore and Langdons. Many ofthose are now considered rare.The Gardens is one of only a few that still plants large scaleannual bedding displays. More than 10,000 annuals areplanted to coincide with summer events and a further 10,000annuals are planted for the spring display.Murrup LaarVisit the first public artwork project as part of the newIndigenous sculpture park at North Gardens, created byBallarat artist Deanne Gilson. (See map location 32)Ballarat Olympic PrecinctThe Ballarat Botanical Gardens welcomes thousands ofvisitors each year. It also attracts more than 60,000 for thethree-day annual Ballarat Begonia Festival over the LabourDay weekend in March.The Gardens also provide the venue for the City of Ballarat’smuch-loved Summer Sundays picnic and live music eventseach January.Ballarat hosted the rowing, canoeing and kayaking eventsfor the 1956 Olympic Games at the lake. The monumentcelebrates Ballarat becoming an Olympic Games host city.Ballarat Paralympic Sports AvenueThe only one of its kind in Australia, this avenue honoursBallarat athletes who have represented Australia at theParalympic Games.

From 1917-1959, the Gardens were home to The BallaratZoo. Prominent Ballarat resident Henry Ben Jahn left abequest of 10,000 pounds to the City of Ballarat with thepurpose of creating an animal menagerie. Remnants of theanimal enclosures are still visible in the area of Zoo Drive.Thomas Rooney and John Lingham followed Longley’sstewardship of the Gardens in 1898, and English-trainedThomas Toop was the next successor to take charge. For thenext 20 years, he led the continued growth of the Gardensand was succeeded by his apprentice Thomas Beaumontwho spent 54 years as the Gardens’ Curator. The TomBeaumont Lawn was named in his honour.Planting of the Giant Redwood Avenue began in 1863 andthe Fish Acclimatisation Society was established in the SouthGardens. Construction of the Fernery had begun by the1870s, with work on the Fernery continuing in stages until itscompletion in 1898.In the 1860s, the principal tree planting began while in 1888a maze was built in the North Gardens to the same design asone built in London’s Hampton Court Palace. It was removedin 1959.The Botanical Gardens Nursery was established in 1859.Plants and seeds were received from the Royal Melbourneand Geelong Botanic Gardens.The site was divided into three distinct sections – the CentralBotanical Gardens and two areas of open parkland nowknown as the North and South Gardens.In 1858, a design competition was won by Messrs Wright andArmstrong. The inaugural Garden’s Curator, George Longley,who trained in horticulture at Lowther Castle in England, wasappointed to turn their vision into a reality.Developed on the back of the gold rush, the site was firstreserved for a public garden in 1857 and was developed from1858 on the old Police paddock site.Steeped in historyFriendsBBGfbbg.org.au(03) 5342 9354info@fbbg.org.auFriends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens@cityofballaratInstagram – larat.vic.gov.au(03) 5320 5135Wendouree Parade, BallaratRobert Clark Horticultural CentreBallarat Botanical GardensWelcome to theBallarat Botanical GardensThe Robert Clark Conservatory is home to seasonal displaysyear-round, featuring plants grown and maintained in theBallarat Botanical Gardens Nursery, including:Surrounding attractionsThe Ballarat Botanical Gardens is renowned as Australia’smost attractive cool climate gardens. Hydrangeas, Fuchsias and Pelargoniums eachsummerSpread across 40 hectares of spectacular leafy gardens andavenues, the Gardens feature an exceptional collection ofexotic conifer, deciduous and native trees. Tuberous Begonia display as part of the BallaratBegonia Festival each autumnLocated in the heart of Ballarat, Lake Wendouree is one ofBallarat’s most popular attractions. Walk, run or cycle the 6kmSteve Moneghetti track. Watch the swans, ducks and yachtsglide by, pack a picnic or prepare a barbecue and have somefun at the four play spaces on the lake foreshore. Visit one ofthe lake-side cafes or enjoy the picnic and BBQ facilities.Located opposite Lake Wendouree, the Gardens feature52 mature trees listed on the National Trust Significant TreesRegister and are also renowned for an outstanding collectionof Begonias.Home to two collections of Begonias, 240 tuberous and 300non-tuberous varieties, both are registered with the PlantsTrust Australia. Chrysanthemums in May Cyclamen, Cineraria and Primula in winter, and Schizanthus and spring bulbs in spring.The Gardens is also home to an extensive late 19th Centurycollection of marble statues, including the Thompson andStoddart bequests.Lake WendoureeAustralian Ex-Prisoners of War MemorialPause to recognise and honour the 36,000 Australians whobecame Prisoners of War during the wars of the 20th century.(See map location 29)Ballarat Tramway MuseumStep back in time to explore the trams that rocked androlled along the tracks of Ballarat streets from 1887 to1971. The tram depot is home to collection of tramcars andmemorabilia. Trams run every weekend, public holidays andduring the Victorian school holidays. (See map location 27)The Gardens has been growing tuberous Begonias since thelate 1800s, with 140 of its tuberous Begonias imported fromUnited Kingdom nursery Blackmore and Langdons. Many ofthose are now considered rare.The Gardens is one of only a few that still plants large scaleannual bedding displays. More than 10,000 annuals areplanted to coincide with summer events and a further 10,000annuals are planted for the spring display.Murrup LaarVisit the first public artwork project as part of the newIndigenous sculpture park at North Gardens, created byBallarat artist Deanne Gilson. (See map location 32)Ballarat Olympic PrecinctThe Ballarat Botanical Gardens welcomes thousands ofvisitors each year. It also attracts more than 60,000 for thethree-day annual Ballarat Begonia Festival over the LabourDay weekend in March.The Gardens also provide the venue for the City of Ballarat’smuch-loved Summer Sundays picnic and live music eventseach January.Ballarat hosted the rowing, canoeing and kayaking eventsfor the 1956 Olympic Games at the lake. The monumentcelebrates Ballarat becoming an Olympic Games host city.Ballarat Paralympic Sports AvenueThe only one of its kind in Australia, this avenue honoursBallarat athletes who have represented Australia at theParalympic Games.

FriendsBBGfbbg.org.au(03) 5342 9354info@fbbg.org.auFriends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens@cityofballaratInstagram – cityofballarat Tuberous Begonia display as part of the BallaratBegonia Festival each autumnSpread across 40 hectares of spectacular leafy gardens andavenues, the Gardens feature an exceptional collection ofexotic conifer, deciduous and native trees. Hydrangeas, Fuchsias and Pelargoniums eachsummerThe Ballarat Botanical Gardens is renowned as Australia’smost attractive cool climate gardens.The Robert Clark Conservatory is home to seasonal displaysyear-round, featuring plants grown and maintained in theBallarat Botanical Gardens Nursery, including:Welcome to theBallarat Botanical GardensLocated opposite Lake Wendouree, the Gardens feature52 mature trees listed on the National Trust Significant TreesRegister and are also renowned for an outstanding collectionof Begonias.Home to two collections of Begonias, 240 tuberous and 300non-tuberous varieties, both are registered with the PlantsTrust Australia.From 1917-1959, the Gardens were home to The BallaratZoo. Prominent Ballarat resident Henry Ben Jahn left abequest of 10,000 pounds to the City of Ballarat with thepurpose of creating an animal menagerie. Remnants of theanimal enclosures are still visible in the area of Zoo Drive.Thomas Rooney and John Lingham followed Longley’sstewardship of the Gardens in 1898, and English-trainedThomas Toop was the next successor to take charge. For thenext 20 years, he led the continued growth of the Gardensand was succeeded by his apprentice Thomas Beaumontwho spent 54 years as the Gardens’ Curator. The TomBeaumont Lawn was named in his honour.Planting of the Giant Redwood Avenue began in 1863 andthe Fish Acclimatisation Society was established in the SouthGardens. Construction of the Fernery had begun by the1870s, with work on the Fernery continuing in stages until itscompletion in 1898.In the 1860s, the principal tree planting began while in 1888a maze was built in the North Gardens to the same design asone built in London’s Hampton Court Palace. It was removedin 1959.The Botanical Gardens Nursery was established in 1859.Plants and seeds were received from the Royal Melbourneand Geelong Botanic Gardens.The site was divided into three distinct sections – the CentralBotanical Gardens and two areas of open parkland nowknown as the North and South Gardens.In 1858, a design competition was won by Messrs Wright andArmstrong. The inaugural Garden’s Curator, George Longley,who trained in horticulture at Lowther Castle in England, wasappointed to turn their vision into a reality.Developed on the back of the gold rush, the site was firstreserved for a public garden in 1857 and was developed from1858 on the old Police paddock site.Steeped in ic.gov.au(03) 5320 5135Wendouree Parade, BallaratRobert Clark Horticultural CentreBallarat Botanical Gardens Chrysanthemums in May Cyclamen, Cineraria and Primula in winter, and Schizanthus and spring bulbs in spring.The Gardens is al

Botanical Gardens and two areas of open parkland now known as the North and South Gardens. The Botanical Gardens Nursery was established in 1859. Plants and seeds were received from the Royal Melbourne and Geelong Botanic Gardens. In the 1860s, the principal tree planting began while in 1888 a maze was built in the North Gardens to the same .

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