The St Kilda Botanical Gardens features:
- Accessible toilets
- Alister Clarke Rose Garden
- Friends of St Kilda Botanical Gardens Glass Houses
- Giant chessboard and chess tables
- Ornamental pond with Rain Man fountain
- Port Phillip EcoCentre
The Garden is open between sunrise and sunset seven days a week and the conservatory is open between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm all weekdays and from dawn to dusk Saturday to Sunday and on public holidays.
The St Kilda Botanical Garden is accessed via Blessington, Tennyson, Dickens and Herbert streets. If you are locked in after closing, there is a turnstile exit into Herbert Street.
Google Map St Kilda Botanical Gardens
Take the 96 tram to the Acland Street and Barkly Street junction then walk along Blessington Street to the Gardens. Or take the 67 tram to Brighton Road and Mozart Street junction and walk along Mozart Street.
Catch the Sandringham train to Balaclava station, walk or catch a tram west along Carlisle Street, cross St Kilda Road, walk one block along Blessington Street.
Bus routes 246, 600, 922, 923, 246 run along Barkley Street, St Kilda, get off near the corner of Barkley Street and Blessington Street and walk one block to the gardens.
Free unrestricted all day parking is available around the gardens, check local signs for more information. Penalties apply for camping in a vehicle.
Download the Travel Smart Map of Port Phillip (PDF 2.5 MB).
Dogs must be on leash and are not permitted within 5 metres of the playground. Penalties apply. No cycling is permitted through the gardens. Please do not feed the animals living in and visiting the gardens.
About the Gardens
The site of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens was established in the 1800s. The municipal council petitioned the Department of Lands and Survey to make this segment of land bordered by Dickens Street, Tennyson Street and Blessington Street a Botanic Garden. The gardens were formally established in 1859 when a boundary fence was erected. By 1907 significant donations of money and plant material had led to the establishment of a rosary, extensive flower beds and a nursery. Exotic forest trees were planted during the 1870s and Australian species were included in 1932.
Registered with Heritage Victoria, the gardens contain 810 mature tree specimens eight of which are on the significant tree register. In the 1950s the Alister Clarke Rose Garden was established and a Sub-Tropical Rain-forest conservatory added in the early 1990s. Seasonal displays and local indigenous plants provide a valuable collection to study or sit alongside enjoying a picnic.
Built features in the gardens include a giant chessboard, ornamental pond with Rain Man fountain, children's play space, gazebo, glasshouses and the Eco-centre which facilitates lessons on sustainable living practice. Rain Man is a key element to the ornamental pond and was installed in 2005, designed by Corey Thomas and Ken Arnold he runs on solar power and recycled water from the pond.
The St Kilda Botanical Gardens attracts a wide variety of bird and animal life. Andrew McCutcheon of Earthcare St Kilda and Neil Blake, Coordinator of the Eco Centre have recorded resident and visiting species sighted since the beginning of this century.
This valuable data and observation tells us that birds such as the Song Thrush and Great Egret, which were seen last century have either disappeared or are most unlikely to visit.
Alternatively; birds seldom or rarely seen in the last two decades are becoming increasingly common, in particular the Rainbow Lorikeet and Crested Pigeon, while others are in decline such as the House Sparrow.
The St Kilda Botanical Gardens Bird Species (PDF 25 KB) lists animal species living and visiting the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.
Friends and volunteers
The gardens have a dedicated friends group, whose aim is to support and volunteer to work in the gardens.
For further information on the Friends of St Kilda Botanical Gardens meetings, events, newsletter, joining and volunteering, visit our Community Directory page.
Download a copy of the Friends of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens Brochure (PDF 5.4 MB).
Please note, the map was designed by students of Geospatial Science, RMIT, and is copyright. We gratefully acknowledge the Friends of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens for allowing the use of this map.
Permission to reproduce this map must be sought from Friends of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.