Melbourne Botanic Gardens: Day 1

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne is so big that I had to split up into two days. There are so many plants to look at and many different paths to explore that I would have needed a long full day to get through all of it. I’m sure if you just wanted to walk through the whole thing, it wouldn’t take as much time. But it took me two hours just to get through half of it because I wanted to take pictures, read all the plant labels and really take it all in. I probably didn’t need to add so many pictures from the first day, but there are too many beautiful pictures from the visit that I couldn’t avoid posting. The pictures are in order of when I took them, so in a way you’re getting a view of my walk.

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This is along side the pathway to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens entrance.
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The gardens have different entrances labeled by the beginning of the alphabet. I think they went A-F. Gate D is more on the south side of the gardens.

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This is one of the main walkways around the gardens. This is the right path when you enter through Gate D. The hill up on the right holds the Guilfolyano’s Volcano.

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I was a little sad to later realize that this picture showed me marking from people. I didn’t notice it at the time. It wasn’t until later that I noticed when I looked at the photo. I wish people would be aware this isn’t good for plants. Thankfully, this one is holding up but I remember now it not looking as good as the other ones next to it and now I know why.
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There were some plants that were scattered across the gardens. This one of them and my favorite.
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This was kind of a picture for Brian because he loves this plant and has one in his living room that doesn’t get  to bloom quite often.
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This is one of the only tree names I really remembered because it’s name is fitting: The Barrel Tree.
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Another view looking up to the volcano.

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Walking through the paths near the volcano.

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These were either called fingerling cactus or snake cactus, something resembling their shape. I really love them and wish they were something you could easily grow in Oregon. The flowers they produce are quite stunning.
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This is standing up on top of the volcano. It is now reminiscent of a pond.
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Another view of the pond on top of the volcano.

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Beautiful colors fill the side of the volcano view.

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They did a really great job organizing these gardens. Every view is a little bit different and each piece contains something new to look at. If I lived in Melbourne, I’d likely try to come here at least once a month and enjoy the walk.

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So many succulents.

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Plant Name: Giant Whale’s Tongue

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Looks like the Secret Garden.
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There was something cool and surreal about seeing the city in between natural views and shots of the gardens. I forgot I was in a city until I saw snippets of this to remind me.
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I have a lot of pictures from this day like this one that I absolutely love and want to make a collage of.
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Bold and bright.

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This is definitely a picture I need to get printed and added to my wall. There are too many to choose from!

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As you can see, I tried really hard to get a good picture of this bird. It kind of worked out in the end.

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This is a cafe inside the gardens. It sits near a lake and is about half way through the gardens when you enter through Gate D.
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I chose to have a pot of tea and some macaroons. It was quite splendid. Highly recommend.
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Be careful not to leave anything (food) outside unattended at the outdoor cafe.

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Even the bathrooms at the cafe were nice!

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You leave the cafe and walk down the middle path, and suddenly you feel like you’re walking through a rain forest.

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This looks like a true Secret Garden.

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Just to prove these pictures are real and I actually took them, I snagged a photo with my foot in it.

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The Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens are amazing, but you truly need a couple days to fully immerse yourself in them.

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