The Botanical Living Collection of Ballarat (Living Collection) is a unique living plant collection that could be best used in towns or by individual city councils that have at least one botanic garden and a number of urban parks. The Ballarat Living Collection is a combination of the plantings of the Ballarat Botanical Garden, the Lake Wendouree Foreshore, the Buninyong Botanic Garden, Victoria Park and Eureka Stockade Gardens. The five ‘Gardens’ are all subject to the general direction and control of the Council of the City of Ballarat and the Living Collection Policy provides an overarching guide for the development and management of the living plant collections of all five gardens. The Collection Plans prepared for each of the gardens provide further detail with regards to the scope of the individual gardens and their focus collections.
The Living Collection Policy is part of the strategy to conserve and enhance the Gardens’ pre-eminent role as a part of Ballarat’s cultural and scientific landscape and to make them exemplary. In particular, the policy provides a framework for maintaining, building and displaying collections and enhancing the richness, and importantly the uniqueness, of the individual Gardens of Ballarat.