A unique garden showcasing plant diversity while promoting social interaction and learning.

Located off Royal Parade in Parkville, The University of Melbourne’s System Garden provides a unique opportunity to see the similarities or differences in form and flower structure between members of the same family due to the plants arrangement together in subclasses and families.

The System Garden is open to the public 9am - 5pm each weekday as an area of inspiration and beauty where you will be able to learn more about plant relationships.

Future plans

A 10 year masterplan to help re-establish the System Garden as a cherished and valuable space within the Parkville campus aligned with the objectives of the University.

Read the plan

The Herbarium

Established in 1926, it's now the largest university herbarium in Australia, with an estimated 150,000 specimens. It complements the System Garden's living collection of plants with a collection of preserved, data-based specimens for study and reference. More from Biosciences about the herbarium.

The Glasshouse

The System Garden's centrally located tower, originally a potting shed to a unique octagonal conservatory. Though today all that remains is the tower of the old conservatory, retained when the glasshouse was dismantled in 1916.

Engage with the System Garden