Category Archives: Botanic Gardens

A case of mistaken identity

This image was recently (14/10/15) published on the Lost Geelong Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LostGeelong) where it was identified as “A man by his car inside the main gates at Eastern Park, 1917”. The same image (confusingly dated c.1925) is displayed in … Continue reading

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Whose idea was it to plant the Eastern Park as a Pinetum?

(Some new information from Troving The Geelong Advertiser) Pinetum noun, plural pineta [pahy-nee-tuh] An arboretum of pines and coniferous trees. (dictionary.com) The widely accepted story of Geelong’s Eastern Park is that Daniel Bunce (Curator 1857-1872) laid out the Botanic Gardens … Continue reading

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The story of the Common Brown Butterfly

The most common butterfly in the Geelong Botanic Gardens during the early part of summer – apart from the ubiquitous cabbage white butterfly – is the Common Brown Butterfly (Heteronumpha merope). I first noticed this butterfly in large numbers a couple … Continue reading

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Music in the Gardens – 1869 style

Music in the Gardens has been a popular summer event in the Geelong Botanic Gardens over the last decade or more. Sadly, the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens have decided that it is beyond their capacity to continue to run … Continue reading

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Jubaea’s story

I’m getting old now. I’m not as upright as I used to be; my crown is inclining to the southeast and my fronds as not as luxuriant as in the past. All the gardeners take special care of me, my … Continue reading

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In the beginning …

In the beginning was a bare hillside to the east of the town… The story of the origins of the Geelong Botanical Gardens (as it was then known) was first told by George Jones in his book “Growing Together, a … Continue reading

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Follow your nose – to the Geelong Botanical Gardens

What’s that smell? Today it is definitely Spring (although that may not be the case tomorrow). The sun is shining, the birds are active and plants are starting to put on a bit of spring growth, even if it is … Continue reading

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Lies, damn lies and (tall) stories

(with apologies to Mark Twain ) Being inculcated with the traditional stories of the Geelong Botanic Gardens was part of my “training” as a volunteer guide at the Gardens. I learnt to tell how they came to be and when … Continue reading

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A perfect Place for a Picnic

My first writing about the Geelong Botanic Gardens was “A Perfect Place for a Picnic” published in the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens quarterly newsletter, Jubaea (July 2011). Since writing that article, I’ve discovered a lot more about the Gardens … Continue reading

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