St Kilda’s Botanical Gardens Turn 150

Celebrating 150 years in 2011, the St Kilda Botanical Gardens are looking pretty good for their age! Today’s Chisholm & Gamon blog looks back at the role these beautiful gardens have played in our community for a century and a half, and invites you to celebrate a milestone on Wednesday 16th of November!

Did you know that when the St Kilda Botanical Gardens opened back in 1861, that the local gardeners and garden-lovers celebrated in quite some style? Yes – there were musicians, cocktails, a spot of croquet and canapes a plenty. You’re invited by Friends of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens to partake in a similar celebration on the 16th of November. The event will be a cocktail party and fundraising drive to make sure that the group have the ability to keep the gardens beautiful for us in the coming hundred and fifty years!

Registered with Heritage Victoria, our lush gardens have over 810 mature trees, in addition to the Alister Clarke Rose Garden and a conservatory full of sub-tropical plants. A toasty place to enjoy nature in winter! The gardens are also famous for their giant chess and table chess, which is becoming more popular now that spring is upon us. The Eco-Centre also complements the gardens, where the community can learn about sustainable living practices and minimising waste.

Inset: Mudlarks perching on the Rain Man sculpture, by Corey Thomas and Ken Arnold.

 As part of the 150th birthday celebrations, the City of Port Phillip have commissioned four new sets of gates to be built for the gardens. Click here to see the winning designs and progress.

Further details on ticket price and entertainment for the 150th birthday celebration will appear soon on the website for Friends of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens. Click here for details.

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Hi C&G – thanks so much for this great article on the forthcoming Garden Party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gardens. Just one little typo in your copy – the Gardens were opened in 1861 – not 1816!! Look forward to seeing you all on 16 November!

  2. Mikey says:

    So gutted I couldn’t make it today, would love to be there but I have to work, no holidays left :(

    I visit the Gardens every year and bring my family along, I Highly recommend it to anyone who’s thinking of going.

    Hope you all have a GREAT day :)

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