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The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden

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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. It is a tourism award-winning Children's Garden full of interesting and interactive places to play and explore.

When at 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 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 is a natural pond teeming with life and a place where children can experience insects and plants. Children can use tools such as nets, aqua spheres, microscopes and a library to take their learning further.

The Bamboo Forest is a magical place defined by bamboo. When in the bamboo forest the qualities of light, sound and texture all change.

The Gorge has stepping stones leading 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.

Children can get their hands dirty in the kitchen garden, an area that features interesting, unusual and common fruits, vegetables and herbs. The plant tunnels are a place where children can run, hide and play.

The Rill is 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!

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The Children's Garden is located near Observatory Gate on Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra (opposite the Shrine of Remembrance).

  • Café
  • Child activities
  • Coach parking
  • Public toilet
  • Shaded area
  • Art and craft
  • Lessons/tutorials
  • Self guided
Opening hours:

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 10:00am to sunset Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays & 10:00am to sunset seven days a week during school holidays.
  • Cultural Tourism Industry Group
  • Tourism Alliance Victoria