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Just a quick drive from your Melbourne serviced apartment at Citadines on Bourke Melbourne will take you to the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne. A treasure trove for the horticulture enthusiast, the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne comes together to feature two diverse sites at South Yarra and Cranbourne.
The Cranbourne Garden is 55 kilometres outside of the city, and an equally rewarding trip to make. Known around the world for its bewitching collection of plant life, the Australian Garden which is situated at the heart of the Cranbourne Gardens is award winning.
Spread across 36 hectares is more than 50,000 plants that can be found in the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne. The tours and things to see change depending on the season, but all year round one can expect to go on a tour of the various plants and wild life that inhabit the acreage. For example the Chocolate and Spice Tour introduces visitors to the plants that are used to make food, including some interesting recipes and closes off with a heady chocolate treat by the Ornamental Lake.
The Children’s Garden is of special delight to the smaller members of the family. This garden combines fun and education to help children learn about the different aspects of the natural world. In the warmer months, visitors will discover that the garden plays host to orchestras and theatre performances.
The mild climate of the city allows for a diverse variety of plant life to co-exist. The entire garden collection can be divided in to 26 portions – Arid Garden, Australian Forest Walk, California Garden, Camellia Collection, Cycad Collection, Eucalypt Collection, Fern Gully, Grey Garden, Herb Garden, Lower Yarra River Habitat, New Caledonia Collection, New Zealand Collection, Oak Collection, Pal Collection, Perennial Border, Rare and Threatened Collection, Rose Collection, South African Collection, Terrestrial Orchids among others.
Featuring stunning vistas and a thriving vegetation, there is something to discover and appreciate in the Royal Botanic Gardens. One visit will never be enough to see the entire garden. For the person looking to convene with nature for an early morning stroll, jog or cycle will find that there are paths laid out through the gardens for these purposes.