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National Rhododendron Garden

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Australia - Victoria - Olinda

Institution Code: OLIND

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the National Rhododendron Garden

The Rhododendron Garden holds a significant collection of species and hybrid Rhododendron set in a backdrop of towering native Mountain Ash Forest. While the garden concentrates on the genus Rhododendron the garden is an all year round botanic garden containing many other exotic and native species on a 40 hectare property close to Melbourne.

Main Address:
National Rhododendron Garden
The Georgian Rd
Victoria 3788 Australia

Telephone: 61 (0)3 97577303
Fax: 61 (0)3 9619 0817
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Glenn Maskell, Manager
    Curator's Name: Glenn Maskell
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 5
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1961
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 5 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 35 Hectares
  • Total Area: 40 Hectares
    Latitude: -37.846136
    Longitude: 145.3731211
    Annual Rainfall: 1200 mm
    Altitude: 450.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 90 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 100 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 300
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 100000
    Number of Volunteers: 25

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 30000
  • Special Collections:Rhododendron are the main focus but other smaller collection are growing in the garden.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes