Sunday, April 10, 2011

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Every now and again when the daily drudgery of work is getting almost too much I am reminded of just how lucky I am to be able to travel around this huge country to visit remarkable trees.

The last two weeks have been a case in point, just starting to mentally recover from almost a month of assessing cyclone damaged vegetation in North Queensland, when we get a job down in Melbourne, at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Now of course as anyone who has read any of my posts will know I just love Botanic Gardens, especially if they contain older established trees..Melbourne has some magnificent trees dotted all around the city and suburbs as well as in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Despite coming down with a nasty flu the afternoon sun highlighted some of the timeless qualities of spring foliage casting dappled patterns under the tree canopies.
Perfect spot for a picnic

Canopy above
There are certainly some favourite spots for daydreaming through the afternoon...

Though clearly not everyone has the same concept of lazying away the afternoon!

Puppies go wild

Not all of the trees are inside the garden walls, one of my personal favourite trees in Melbourne can be found on Punt Road just before it crosses the Yarra at the Hoddle Bridge..its a Golden Elm ~ Ulmus glabra 'Lutescens'.

Escape the road rage

Woodland in the city

This gorgeous weeping Golden Elm is being cared for through the efforts of The Friends of the Elms in Melbourne. Since the first time I saw this tree in 2006 its health has not visibly changed all that much, it remains for me a perfect example of why larger spreading street trees are so important to the quality of life of the people who live near it (lucky buggers) and those that pass by it in their daily commute.


  1. Golden Elms are a great tree if they are not pruned back and buggered up - I see too many have been chopped at back for the ball on a stick look and they don't really look any good.
    By the way, is that a golden elm on the background of this blog?
    Here's our local volunteer run Botanic Gardens in the Hunter Region
    Merewether Life

  2. What you say about their intolerance of indescriminant cutting is very true Bwendo. Its also very observant about the Blog background, I assume that it is Elm leaf but not sure its Golden Elm...could be though - its a free background from Blogger.

    I have visited the Hunter Regional Botanic Gardens back in 2009 when returning from an Arboricultural conference in Newcastle.

    We did not have much time sadly but really loved the great big Alphitonia which arches over the entrance pathway and of course the sculpted tree.