The Ballarat Botanical Gardens was established in the mid 1850s and is located on the western shore of Lake Wendouree. It includes a central Botanical Garden and open parkland buffers on either side are known as the North and South Gardens. The botanic garden includes the conservatory as shown below.
As a part of the ongoing development of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens I was asked to prepare a visionary plan working with both the Ballarat City Council and the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. The plan provides recommendations that could assist the Ballarat Botanical Gardens achieve the following visionary goals:
- To position itself as one of Australia’s top regional botanic gardens
- To meet its role as a botanic garden in the 21st century
In doing so, the plan primarily looks at how the Ballarat Botanical Gardens could achieve the two goals with what it already has , and the following were considered:
- Current botanic garden features
- Themes of the current living collections
- Condition of the current living collections
- Possible future living collections
- The curation of the living collections, including plant records
- Current interpretation, including plant labelling
- Use of the current and future collections for education
- Use of the current and future collections for conservation
- Use of the current and future collections by the Federation University for studies and research
- The role of the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens
- Other assistance that could be gained from a closer link with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and other institutions.
The plan can be seen on the Friends of the Ballarat Botanic Gardens website.