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Burnley Gardens


These gardens were established in 1861 and officially opened in 1863 by the Horticulture Society of Victoria. Originally the gardens were to be experimental, introducing "new" plants to Australia to promote botanical and horticultural science. The land was granted on the condition that part must be open to the public.

In 1891, the Royal Horticultural School was established -- the first school of horticulture in Australia. Burnley is now a campus of the University of Melbourne's Melbourne School of Land and Environment. The first principal Charles Bogue Luffman redesigned the gardens including shade areas, sunken paths, ponds, and open areas planted with 'wild flowers'.

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Getting there: 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond VIC 3121