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Our Historic Gardens
The Williamstown Botanic Gardens are included on the Victorian Heritage Register because of their historical, aesthetic, scientific and social significance.
The Gardens are historically important as one of Victoria’s earliest and most intact botanic gardens. The Gardens have considerable significance for their strong association with eminent 19th century landscape designer Edward LaTrobe Bateman and for their early connections with Ferdinand von Mueller and Daniel Bunce.
The Gardens are aesthetically significant for their excellent design and for the remarkably elegant execution of that design within a small flat site. The strikingly intact Victorian layout, early tree plantings, the palms, the pinetum and the pond, structures and herbaceous and woody plantings from the Edwardian period all contribute to the picturesque landscape.
The Gardens have scientific (horticultural) significance for their collection of plants, particularly the dominating palm and conifer themes and the large quantity of plants remaining from the Edwardian and Victorian periods.
The Gardens are socially important for their long and continuous relationship with the citizens of Williamstown, who were largely responsible for their creation and early development and who continue to use them as a place of recreation.