The System Garden
A unique garden showcasing plant diversity while promoting social interaction and learning.
Established in 1856, the System Garden is one of the oldest teaching gardens in the country. Plants in the garden are arranged into subclasses and families, giving visitors the opportunity to learn by comparing the form and flower structure of different plant families.
Located off Royal Parade in Parkville, the Garden is open to the public 9am–5pm Monday to Friday. Visit to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the Garden learn more about plant relationships.
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 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.
Contributing to a more sustainable campus
System Garden Rainforest Boardwalk
Visit our award-winning Australian Rainforest Boardwalk located in the System Garden, and immerse yourself in a forest of ferns, palms, epiphytes and fungi.
Climate Change Alliance
The System Garden is a proud member of the Climate Change Alliance of Botanic Gardens. As a member of the alliance, we are actively working with organisations from across the world to protect our treasured botanic landscapes in the face of a changing climate.
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.