The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden
Address: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra, Victoria 3141
Phone: 03 9252 2300 | Fax: 03 9252 2442
The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden, located at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, is a magical place for children to discover the world of plants.
The tourism award-winning Children's Garden is full of interesting and interactive places to play and explore including:
The Meeting Place
Children should bring their swimming gear and be prepared to squeal with delight as water spouts from the ground.
The Ruin Garden
This is a world of lush rainforest vegetation where children can scramble over and under rock, dig in the sand mulch and construct cubbies.
The Wetland Area
A natural pond teeming with life and a place where children can experience insects and plants. Children can use tools such as nets, aquaspheres, microscopes and a library to take their learning further.
The Bamboo Forest
A magical place where the entire space is defined by bamboo. When in the bamboo forest the qualities of light, sound and texture all change.
Stepping stones lead visitors from the Meeting Place into the Gorge where children will be surrounded by large basalt shards and twisted Snow Gums. Mist periodically fills the space creating an atmosphere of mystery.
The plant tunnels are a place where children can run, hide and play.
Children's Kitchen Garden
Children can get their hands dirty in the kitchen garden, an area that features interesting, unusual and common fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Patterned to resemble an old river, water flowing along the rill has its beginnings in the rainforest, meanders through the lawn, and flows into the wetland pond. This spot is a popular place for children to play 'leaf' races.
A new feature of The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden is the Tree Tower. Climb it and see the Garden from up high!
The Children's Garden is located near Observatory Gate on Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra (opposite the Shrine of Remembrance).
- Child Activities
- Coach Parking
- Art and Craft
Also closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday. The Children's Garden also closes for eight weeks during winter for rest and maintenance.
Wednesday to Sunday
Open from 10am to sunset. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, except when a designated public holiday falls on these days.
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- Tourism Alliance Victoria
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The picturesque setting of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne extends over 36 hectares and displays more than 50,000 plants. Diverse plant collections, year-round events, unique tours, and a reputation as one of the world's finest gardens has made the Royal Botanic Gardens one of Melbourne's most popular tourist attractions.
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